Hannibal comments on Manchester United first team hopes

Manchester United youngster Hannibal is preparing for the FIFA Arab Cup Final this weekend.

The 18-year-old was Tunisia’s man of the match in the semi-final win over Egypt in midweek.

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This was the second man of the match award the teenager has won at the tournament and he is just one win away from lifting a trophy.

Hannibal’s progress is making waves, with French newspaper L’Equipe running a profile on him this week and have been talking him up as a future star.

In his post-match press conference Hannibal was quizzed about what lies ahead for him in Manchester when the tournament is over.

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Hannibal ambitious for United chance

Hannibal told L’Equipe he is focused on winning with Tunisia right now, but retains hopes of breaking into United’s side when he returns.

He said: “For the moment, I am focused on the Arab Cup, I put my phone in airplane mode.

“When I return to United, we’ll see if there will be any change for me, if I can try to scratch a place. In any case, I will work for.”

Hannibal made his debut at the end of last season and while he has been back with the under-23s since, he has also trained with the first team. Ralf Rangnick has shown a willingness to involve young players so far in the first team and Hannibal could have a chance.

Rangnick reportedly likes Hannibal

If the AFCON goes ahead, Hannibal could be taken away for a month, which complicates his prospects.

He could fare well under Rangnick though. L’Equipe report the German boss was ‘following his development’ at Monaco with a view to signing him for RB Leipzig in 2020 before he signed with Manchester United.

The eye catching midfielder has continued to flourish since, and his performances for Tunisia’s international team show he is playing at a high level. It won’t be long before he is strutting around in United’s first team.

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