Manchester United and the development of promising youth academy players go hand in hand, and the next superstar off their illustrious production line should be unleashed in 2021/22 if Juan Mata leaves.
Many of English football’s biggest stars have come from United’s Carrington training base, with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood carrying the tradition into the modern era, while others continue to come through the ranks.
The likes of Jadon Sancho and Declan Rice have been linked with big-money moves to Old Trafford as the upcoming transfer window approaches, but one man already at the club could prove to be their most intriguing first-team addition.
Hannibal Mejbri’s progress has been closely followed by the Red Devils faithful for many years now as the 18-year-old has continued to dominate opponents at youth team level, and he was rewarded for his impressive displays with an eight-minute cameo against Wolves.
His five goals and 13 assists in 29 appearances for United’s Under-23’s in the recently concluded campaign helped Neil Wood’s side to an eight-placed finish, showing his potential to step up to the senior level in the near future.
Former United trainee Paul McShane was a guest analyst for MUTV earlier in the season and spoke extremely highly of Mejbri’s pass at half-time.
“World-class, it was a world-class pass. It was a diagonal pass into Diallo measured to perfection,” said McShane.
The attacking midfielder has showcased his incredible vision and passing ability on multiple occasions throughout his time in the United academy, meaning Mejbri could be the ideal replacement for 33-year-old Juan Mata.
After seven successful years with the 20-time English champions, the Spaniard’s time at United may be drawing to a close this summer.
Mata’s contract expires over the coming months, and a natural heir appears to already be at the club. With the centre-back, defensive midfield and right-wing positions taking precedence in the transfer window, giving Mejbri a chance in the senior setup is a logical solution.
Solskjaer has never been afraid to put his trust in the club’s teenage talents, and Mejbri is likely to be the next to benefit from the Norwegian’s faith in United’s young stars.
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