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Aston Villa's John McGinn celebrates scoring their second goal (Photo: Reuters/Molly Darlington )

Football legend Sir Alex Ferguson doesn't understand why Manchester United did not sign Aston Villa star John McGinn, according to Bobby Jenks.

Jenks, a former Aston Villa talent scout spotted McGinn playing football in Scotland and has been playing with the Lions since. During the summer, it was reported that Ferguson tried to get United to sign the midfielder, but the deal failed to materialize, with Villa demanding £50 million for the Scotsman.

Jenks insists that Ferguson is a huge admirer of McGinn and will attempt to persuade United again to sign the 24-year-old. He admitted that it didn't take him long to see McGinn's potential during his spells with Hibernian and St. Mirren.

The 24-year-old is now putting in some outstanding for the Villans on a regular basis, and Jenks believes that interest in the midfielder is bound to be shown. "He's up there with the best-performing midfielders in the division," Jenks said in an interview.

The talent scout claims that Ferguson is keeping a close eye on McGinn and will be "telling his pals at United" about the star's potential. "What I do know is that Sir Alex Ferguson is wondering why Manchester United let a talented Scottish boy slip through."

While the football pundit is trying to persuade the Red Devils to sign McGinn, the club appears to be more interested in bringing in attacking reinforcements in January.

While Ferguson will be hoping United swoop for McGinn, the club appears more intent on bringing in attacking reinforcements in January. Speculations linking McGinn with the Red Devils have resurfaced after pundit Noel Whelan claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are keeping a close eye on the player ahead of the January transfer window.

United have been suffering a dismal season following the club's lack of depth in the forward department due to injuries to Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford. Both Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku left for Inter Milan during the summer, but no replacements have emerged for either forward.

It's understood that United already have a few players shortlisted for January, including Callum Wilson from Bournemouth, Juventus' Mario Mandzukic, and Moussa Dembele from Lyon. Solskjaer says Manchester United are going through a "difficult period" after their 1-0 loss at Newcastle, but says their next fixture against Liverpool will be the "perfect game."

The Red Devils are attempting to claim a European place while the Magpies are fighting to stay in the top flight.