Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag believes Hannibal Mejbri is an example for the rest of his teammates
The 20-year-old has impressed his manager and the Red Devils fanbase with every opportunity he has received this season.
Ten Hag spoke highly of Hannibal’s solid performances in games against Burnley and Crystal Palace at the Carabao Cup. The Tunisian international covered the record-breaking distance after running 12.9 kilometers against Burnley in United’s 1-0 victory at Turf Moor.
Ten Hag talked about Hannibal’s impressive pressing and hard-working performance in the press conference (h/t Manchester United official site). He said:
“I think he gives a very good message to the rest of the squad, that this is the demand and this has to be the standard. When you are playing that position, [this is] what you have to bring to the team to get success”
Hannibal scored an incredible goal from outside of the opposition box against Brighton & Hove Albion. However, the goal was nothing more than a consolation prize as the Red Devils lost the game 3-1 at Old Trafford.
The 20-year-old earned his way into the team with hard work and determination which didn’t go unnoticed. Experienced midfielder Christian Eriksen praised the youngster for his behavior and hard work behind the scenes.
The Tunisian international was in a training ground bust-up with his former United teammate Alex Telles. The club’s decision to ship off Telles as a consequence of the misdemeanour had cast doubt on the youngster’s future. Ten Hag has not let a mistake decide Hannibal’s future at the club which must make the United fans happy.
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We think the 20-year-old has all the technical abilities, desire and drive to become a key squad member at United. The Red Devils academy have a rich history of producing quality players who thrived at the top professional football level. Hannibal has the potential to leave a legacy at United before his playing career is over, just like many other academy products.