Hannibal Mejbri targeting place in Manchester United first team next season

Tunisia international Hannibal Mejbri says he is targeting a place in Manchester United’s first team next season.

The 19-year-old is spending the 2022-23 season on loan at Championship side Birmingham City.

Embarking on his first loan spell away from the Red Devils, the former Monaco starlet has made five substitute appearances for the Blues, but he is yet to start a game under John Eustace.

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Birmingham’s number six will be hoping to make his first start in the second tier of English football in tonight’s trip to Middlesbrough.

Hannibal Mejbri targeting place in Manchester United first team next season

Playing in one of the most physical leagues in the world, the fiery teenager is keen to learn and develop from playing regular football at senior level.

Speaking to BirminghamLive, the 18-time Tunisia international said: “I just want to play games because that’s how we learn, that’s how we improve, when we play games, when we are around the team and come on, 30 or 20 minutes, that’s how we learn to manage the game, we win some experiences.

“I am very patient, I wait for my time and hopefully I will be ready when I get my chance.

“Everyone told me it’s physical and as you can see, I am not the biggest guy, I think I can manage to win some duels and win some fouls. It is hard but I will get used to it.”

Hannibal has made three first team appearances for Manchester United and he did feature under Erik ten Hag during pre-season in games against Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Rayo Vallecano.

Ever since moving to United at the age of 16, in a deal that could rise to £9.3 million, the France-born midfielder has been tipped to become a key player for the twenty-time league champions in the future.

Hannibal, who will likely form part of Tunisia’s World Cup squad in Qatar, is hoping that spending a season in the Championship will stand him in good stead when returning to Carrington next summer.

With Manchester United’s technical director Darren Fletcher keeping a close eye on his performances while at St Andrew’s, Hannibal spoke about how he would like to take the Championship by storm in the same manner that former United midfielder James Garner did with Nottingham Forest last season.

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“I didn’t play a lot in pre-season but they told me I am one for the future at United, that I need to work hard, go and gain some game-time at Birmingham, learn Championship football,” Hannibal said.

“As we saw with Jamie Garner who went to Everton, he did a good season in the Championship, so I need to do the same and maybe go next year and win my place at United.

“I speak to the staff there regularly, every game, I speak a lot with Fletch because he is British and he he knows what it is to be part of the academy so it is easier to speak to him – but I can speak to the manager any time.

“It is very difficult [for a teenager] to play in the Premier League, we know the situation at United as well, it is difficult to play at this club, but I hope I can get an opportunity to play there.”

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