Man United wonderkid Hannibal Mejbri tipped to be future Paul Scholes

Man United wonderkid Hannibal Mejbri is tipped to become a future Paul Scholes by his former coach thanks to his ‘qualities as a leader’

  • Hannibal Mejbri joined Manchester United from Monaco in 2019 for £9million
  • The 18-year-old made his senior debut against Wolves at the end of last season
  • The midfielder impressed U23 level and earned three caps for Tunisia this year 

Midfielder Hannibal Mejbri has been tipped to be the next Paul Scholes at Manchester United by his former coach.

The 18-year-old joined United from Monaco in 2019 and had already impressed at Under-23 level before making his debut by coming off the bench in the final game of last season.

The Tunisian had been linked to the likes of Barcelona and PSG but the Red Devils managed to snatch him up for £9million.

Hannibal Mejbri made his senior debut for United as a substitute away to Wolves last season

He has now been backed to break into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first team by his former Paris FC coach Reda Bekhti, who likened him to United legend Paul Scholes.

‘The Premier League requires a lot of athleticism and a strong physical capacity. He can still grow more muscle. If he passes this milestone and does not pick up any injuries, he will win over [Solskjaer] I am sure,’ Bekhti told First Time Finish.

‘He can become a future Paul Scholes at Manchester United. He has all the qualities in midfield to become a leader.’

The teenager has impressed for the U23s and has been on the outskirts of the squad

The midfielder previously represented France at Under 16 and Under 17 levels but switched allegiance to Tunisia earlier this year. 

Tunisia unveiled Hannibal Mejbri in a spectacular ceremony after he committed to playing for them and he received his first senior international call-up for games against DR Congo, Algeria and Mali in June.

Hannibal became the 15th youngster Solskjaer has blooded in the first team since his arrival when the teenager made his bow against Wolves last season.

Mejbri was unveiled by Tunisia in a dramatic ceremony that included music and lighting

The midfielder (right) was named Under 23 Player of the Year at the club’s awards in May

The Norwegian had already handed senior minutes to the likes of 17-year-old Shola Shoretire as well as Anthony Elanga and Amad. 

Mejbri was named the club’s Under-23 Player of the Year, while Shoretire scooped the Young Player of the Year gong. 

The 18-year-old is viewed as an attacking midfielder who can occupy positions across the three forward positions behind a centre forward, although Under-23s boss Neil Wood has played Mejbri deeper at times to instil discipline into his game. 

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