Alex McLeish has cooled speculation that Barry Bannan may make a move to Manchester United in the January transfer window, with the Villa manager insisting he still needs time to shine at Villa.
At 21-years-old, Bannan has attracted from numerous clubs after stunning performances for Villa. The midfielder has also gained experience on the international stage, gaining seven appearances for Scotland.
And while United have been connected to the youngster on a few occasions, McLeish insisted he isn’t concerned with the possibility of Bannan making a move.
“Let’s not go overboard and put too much pressure on the kid with the Manchester United stuff and that,” McLeish said.
“He will want to cement his place permanently in the Villa team before anything else.
“He did very well in the second half at QPR. Like everyone else he was afflicted with a lack of a touch and passing in the first half. All of a sudden he came alive in the second half... that is what he is capable of.”
After making three purchases in the summer transfer window, United will no doubt be looking at midfielders in the January window as possible replacements for the departed Paul Scholes.
And if Bannan continues to perform to his full potential at Villa, speculation will no doubt grow that a move to United is possible.