Manchester United youngster Hannibal Mejbri has been picked out for praise after a series of eye-catching pre-season performances.

Hannibal Mejbri featured prominently in pre-season for Manchester United, from the first game against Leeds to the final one against Athletic Bilbao.

Now with United looking to cash in on spare parts Fred and Donny van de Beek, there could be a squad spot opening up for Hannibal to prove himself this season.

Hannibal has caught our eye, and it’s possible Erik ten Hag will look to keep him around.

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Alan Smith praises Hannibal Mejbri

Former Manchester United striker Alan Smith, who famously quit Leeds to sign on at Old Trafford, has picked out Hannibal as the youngster who has impressed him the most – although he does think he will head out on loan.

Speaking to the Irish Post, Smith said: “I’m impressed by Hannibal. He strikes me as an exceptional player based on what I’ve seen. He’s likely going on loan.

“Hannibal’s time at Birmingham City probably contributed significantly to his growth, a trend we’ve observed more frequently.

“I’ve mentioned the reserve league we used to have, which was incredibly competitive. Now, the pathway to gaining competitive experience appears to be through the Championship, League One, and the like. It’s about developing physicality, as that’s a critical factor.”

Tunisian outlet Noussour TN claimed newly promoted Luton are keen on Hannibal, however, their recent move for Ross Barkley could reduce their need to sign him, and be an indicator that United will be keeping the young midfielder.

Impressive Hannibal decision

Hannibal played in a friendly match for Manchester United’s under-21s this week, a 4-0 victory over non-league Chester, with Charlie McNeill (2), Noam Emeran, and Shola Shoretire scoring.

The match came just 24 hours after the friendly over Athletic Bilbao in Ireland, in which Hannibal played 45 minutes.

According to Africa Foot United, Hannibal made the request to play in the second game, claiming: “the player wanted to play the match with the U21s against Chester. This is in order to maintain physical fitness.”

Hannibal has caught the attention of the United coaching staff, who are claimed to have ‘no intention’ of letting him go permanently.

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