Louis van Gaal has slammed the brakes on Paddy McNair leaving Manchester United - sparking concerns over the defender's sharpness when the Euro 2016 finals kick off in June.
United boss Van Gaal has knocked back approaches for the 20-year-old from Championship sides Fulham, Blackburn, Burnley and Wolves.
Ballyclare man McNair is not being allowed to leave Old Trafford on a loan deal as the Dutchman is worried about a growing injury list.
Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia have been in the treatment room but centre-half McNair has made only three Premier League starts for United this campaign. Van Gaal was forced to hand McNair his senior debut last season due to a number of injuries to key players and he featured 16 times in the Premier League.
The defender, who has five Northern Ireland caps, wants more first team action ahead of the Euro 2016 finals in France which start on June 10.
McNair's versatility is a huge asset to Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill as he can operate in the heart of the defence or in midfield.
During Northern Ireland's 1-1 draw with Finland in October McNair suffered a ruptured liver and spent three nights in hospital in Helsinki.
Meanwhile, Wigan's Will Grigg and Gillingham's Rory Donnelly were both on target last night during the Latics' 3-2 victory in League One.