United starlet Hannibal celebrates winning first career trophy with Tunisia

Manchester United wonderkid Hannibal has been on international duty with Tunisia at the Kirin Cup after the end of the Premier League season.

While Harry Maguire has been slogging through Nations League matches which have been characterised by tiredness, the talented playmaker has reached a career milestone.

He has helped his side win the crown, which is the first trophy he has scooped in his fledgling career so far.

Tunisia lifted the trophy after beating hosts Japan 3-0 today (Tuesday), and Hannibal was a second half substitute.

Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images


Hannibal wins Kirin Cup

Ghana and Chile were the other two sides in the friendly, four-team tournament, and it was the former who beat the latter to claim third place.

After the game, Hannibal posted an excited message after getting a first taste of silverware.

He will hope that there are bigger prizes ahead in his career than a friendly, post-season international tournament.

But it is good that he has that experience of lifting a trophy, and the aim has to be for him to win the biggest prizes at United.

Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images

Ghana, Tunisia and Japan are using the tournament to prepare for the World Cup, which kicks off in Qatar in November.

That tournament should see Hannibal get an opportunity to show his skills on the biggest stage of all, provided he is called up as expected.

By that point, it will be interesting to see the extent of the role he will play in Erik ten Hag’s midfield, with United’s new boss having a reputation for developing young players.

Hannibal suffered UEFA Youth League heartbreak with United in March, with a chance to win a club trophy going by the wayside as he saw his shoot-out penalty saved in a defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

Now, he has his hands on a trophy and will likely end his career with far more…

Thoughts? Comment Below
LOGIN to Comment
LOGIN to Comment
Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.