Gary Neville has claimed reported Manchester United target Jack Grealish is still immature in some areas of his game following his performance against the Red Devils.
With Aston Villa looking increasingly likely to be relegated, Grealish has been heavily linked with a move away.
A switch to Old Trafford appears to be on the cards, with United chief Ed Woodward already believed to be working on a deal.
And Grealish came up against his potential future employers on Thursday night, losing out 3-0 at Villa Park.
The Villa captain endured a frustrating night, failing to impact the game as his side hit ten Premier League games without a win.
His performance left plenty to be desired and was scrutinised by Neville, who pointed out a key flaw in his game.
While commentating for Sky Sports, as cited on The Metro, Neville said: “He’s coming too deep. Far too deep and too wide. Goals and assists are hard to come by when you’re in these sorts of positions, walking with the ball.
“It’s simple, the most talented players have to get in and around that 18-yard box and receive the ball there as many times as possible.
“Far too often – particularly if they’re an immature type of player – and I think Grealish has still got an element of immaturity in him – they go and fetch the ball, move away. It’s a lack of patience.”
Despite his display, Grealish has been comfortably Villa’s main man this year. He has nine goals and eight assists in all competitions, and has kept his side in with a fighting chance of survival.
It is believed he would cost United around £70million should they pursue a transfer, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to bolster his squad ahead of next season.
DE GEA SENDS WARNING TO UNITED
In other news, David de Gea has told his Manchester United teammates they have achieved nothing yet after their run of hot form.
United are on a four game winning streak and are unbeaten in 10 league matches. That has put them within touching distance of a Champions League spot, with fourth placed Leicester just one point ahead of them.
But De Gea says the Red Devils need to ensure they keep their focus in their last four games if they hope to force their way in to the top four.