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McLeish: We love quality at Villa and Jenas has it in bundles

By Paul Brown

Alex McLeish has hailed Jermaine Jenas on the eve of the Manchester United clash, insisting: "We love quality at Aston Villa and JJ has it in bundles."

McLeish has been impressed with the cameo displays of Jenas in the Norwich and Swansea matches.

And, as he finalises his thoughts ahead of the Red Devils encounter, McLeish has offered a ringing endorsement of the talents of Jenas.

McLeish has a wealth of options at his disposal in the central ground, with Barry Bannan, Fabian Delph, Stan Petrov, Steven Ireland and Chris Herd all challenging for places.

And the boss insists it's up to these players to turn it on in training and matches - and give him no choice when it comes to selection.

He said: "It was good to see Jermaine come back into the team against Swansea after being unable to play at Tottenham.

"He has a composure and calmness. He will be short of match fitness having not played for a long time.

"But we crave quality, we love quality. This guy has it in bundles.

"He's available for selection so we will definitely consider him. He's had a good week.

"He came on last week and enjoyed his contribution. He has trained well this week aswell. He's raring to go. If I pick him he's telling me he's ready.

"Competition is strong for places. I am looking for players to make the difference.

"They have to give me the top performance possible and then I can say to other players that are banging on my door 'Hang on, he's doing great.' It's as simple as that.

"The only thing I worried about in my own career was losing my place. That drove me to keep my position.

"There's a nucleus here now. Any guy who takes up the gauntlet and is able to turn around and go 'leave me out after that performance', that's what I am looking for."

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