Manchester United have added two talented young players to their first team ranks in recent weeks.
First, Amad Diallo joined up with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad as soon as he arrived from Atalanta.
He’s still playing Under-23 football but is in the first team bubble.
Fellow teenager Shola Shoretire made the jump earlier this week after signing a new contract at Old Trafford.
Now talented midfielder Hannibal Mejbri looks set to make the same transition.
Solskjaer spoke about Mejbri at his press conference ahead of the trip to face West Brom on Sunday, which was streamed live on the club’s official app at 1:30pm.
“We’ve moved Shola [Shoretire] up with us. Hannibal [Mejbri] will join us and we will keep them with us for a while,” said Solskjaer.
“I think it’s the next step of their development and we’ve just got to take the hit on them when they play for the reserves.
“They have to travel by themselves, so they move into our bubble. I think that’s a nice step for them and well deserved because they’ve done really well.”
Solskjaer understands the importance of United developing their own players and that is reflected in his recent promotion of Shoretire and Mejbri into the first team setup.
It remains to be seen when the pair – and Diallo – will get their first team debuts, although the Europa League may provide the ideal opportunity.
Solskjaer will want to see how the trio adjust to the higher standard, while still giving them regular games in youth football.
United have made considerable investments in their young players and now two of them have made the next step in their development.
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