The 18-year-old was part of the Tunisia national squad who made it all the way through to the final of the Arab Cup competition before failing short to Algeria. He started every game in this tournament and displayed a promising performance.
Speaking with the club’s media, Rangnick said that Hannibal Mejbri has returned from his international duty and is training with the senior squad. The German boss further stated that the youngster will leave for another international duty for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in January.
The Red Devils boss watched the Arab Cup final and was impressed by the 18-year-old’s display. And the German believes that he has a special talent in his squad. Rangnick said:
“We had 25 players in on Thursday and the only one missing was Paul Pogba. Hannibal was here training for the first time since I arrived having just come back from the Arab Cup. Unfortunately for us and for him, he will be missing out [with us] again in January because of the Africa Cup of Nations.
“I watched the final before his substitution and I’m fully aware that we have another good, highly-talented player coming from our youth ranks and hopefully after the Africa Cup of Nations he can regularly train and be part of our group.”
Can Hannibal Mejbri establish himself as a starter for Manchester United?
Hannibal Mejbri joined Manchester United back in 2019 from AS Monaco with an initial fee of around €5 million(£4.23m) which will rise to €10 million(£8.5m), including bonuses. This price tag shows how highly the Red Devils regard the youngster’s talent and potential.
Although the 18-year-old has only made one substitute appearance for the Old Trafford outfit, he could establish himself as an integral part of Ralf Rangnick’s system in future. The German boss likes to work with young talents and the midfielder could be a perfect candidate for his style of play.
The 63-year-old boss has been appointed for an interim role until the end of this season. However, if the Red Devils show improvement on the pitch and can achieve all the objectives for this season then, United might consider giving the German tactician a long-term contract. Under Rangnick’s tutelage, the youngsters will benefit a lot, if he stays beyond this season.
Meanwhile, with Paul Pogba looking likely to leave the club at the end of this season, Hannibal Mejbri could be the ready-made replacement. So, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the young midfielder as well as the France international.