Gary Neville says he is 'proud' of Hannibal after fiery cameo performance

Manchester United lost 4-0 to Liverpool and the performance was utterly woeful. There was a small spell at the beginning of the second half where the team had some pressure, and then Liverpool scored their third.

In the first half United did not even attempt a shot at goal, and this was a miserable night to write off and forget.

There was one bright spot, a late cameo from 19-year-old Tunisia international Hannibal.

The young midfielder came on and put himself about, putting in two crunching tackles.

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Speaking to Sky Sports, Gary Neville said he was proud of the fight shown by the teenager.

He said: “To be fair, at least the kid showing a bit of something. He’s sprinting to make a tackle and showing the rest of them.

“I’m proud of him. May be he doesn’t like the rest of them passing around him.

“I wish the rest were the same. That kid to be fair, he’s giving it some at least.”

Anybody who has watched Hannibal play for United’s under-23s won’t be surprised to see him getting stuck in. Rarely is he far from controversy.

Hannibal also has real quality in possession, he just did not get a chance to show it at Anfield.

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After some good movement to get into space, Harry Maguire played him a terrible pass with five minutes to go, and Liverpool nipped in and took possession, going on to score their fourth. The goal was on Maguire and not Hannibal.

With Paul Pogba injured, Hannibal has a chance of being involved between now and the end of the season, and could be considered against Arsenal at the weekend.

This was Hannibal’s second appearance for the first team, and an interesting learning experience for him.

While he picked up a booking for his efforts, Hannibal did indeed show some fight. On a night where United lacked it, he stood out.

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