Ralf Rangnick reveals Man Utd’s plans for Hannibal Mejbri

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Manchester United’s interim manager Ralf Rangnick has confirmed his intention to make the promising teenager Hannibal Mejbri a regular part of the first team squad during the second half of the season.

Hannibal came to United from Monaco in the summer of 2019 in a transfer worth up to 10 million euros when he was only 16. His significant reputation has grown since then and a first-team debut came on the last day of last season against Wolves.

Still only 18 even now, Hannibal has not yet added the only United appearance, but is already at the top at the international level of Tunisia and recently helped his country reach the final of the Arab Cup.

He has since returned to Manchester and trained under Rangnick for the first time, although he will soon rejoin Tunisia, the country where his parents were born, almost immediately when he registers for the Africa Cup of Nations.

When Hannibal’s involvement in that tournament is over – the final is scheduled for February 6 – Rangnick plans for the player to be regularly involved in United’s senior team.

“Hannibal was here and trained for the first time since I just got back from the Arab Cup. Unfortunately for us and for him he will miss something [with us] again in January due to the Africa Cup of Nations “, the coach said via ManUtd.com.

“I saw the final before his change and I am fully aware that we have another good, very talented player from our youth ranks and hopefully after the Africa Cup of Nations he can regularly train and be part of our group.”

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Rangnick has long had a reputation as a coach known for player development. He has already given Anthony Elanga a renewed first team chance after the young Swede briefly flirted with a breakthrough at the end of last season and recently also made senior United debuts to both Zidane Iqbal and Charlie Savage.

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