Manchester United news: New signing Hannibal Mejbri eyes iconic No.7 shirt

18 Aug

Manchester United new boy Hannibal Mejbri appears to have his sights set on the inconic No.7 shirt.

The 16-year-old joined the Red Devils in a £9.3million deal from Monaco last week, and is set to sign a professional contract when he turns 17 in January.

Hannibal Mejbri will be hoping to play at Old Trafford in the future
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United beat off competition from Arsenal, Tottenham and Leicester to land the highly-rated youngster.

Mejbri uploaded a picture on his Instagram page with his name on the back of a No.7 United top, which suggests it could be the number he wears for the club’s Under-18s during the current campaign.

The midfielder will be hopeful of first-team opportunities under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the future.

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Solskjaer has put his faith in youth since replacing Jose Mourinho in the Old Trafford hotseat in December.

The Norwegian brought in Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, both 21, for a combined total of £68million earlier this summer.

And he has confirmed 17-year-old Mason Greenwood will be involved in his plans this term following Romelu Lukaku’s departure to Inter Milan.

Discussing his trust in United’s younger players, Solskjaer said: “I believe in this way of managing this football club. I am paid to manage – and this is not just about me getting results now to help my reputation or whatever.

“It is about the club going forward in the right direction.

“If we don’t make these decisions now, they will have to be done in 12 months’ time or 18 months or 24 months – because at some point these kids will have to be a part of Man United.

“It’s fair to say the youngsters will play. They have impressed over the last six weeks and in the months before the summer.

“That is why they went on tour and that’s why we have given them so many minutes.

“It probably isn’t fair on them to be regulars in the team, but we have also got experienced players and the youngsters will come in and give us something extra.”

Manchester United transfer news: Red Devils sign highly-rated Monaco midfielder Hannibal Mejbri and fourth other wonderkids

11 Aug

Manchester United have sealed the £9.3million transfer of highly-rated Monaco teenager Hannibal Mejbri, subject to FIFA clearance.

The 16-year-old’s future has been subject to widespread speculation this summer, with Leicester and Tottenham among those understood to be after the midfielder.

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Mejbri’s father, Lofti, cited a breakdown in trust with Monaco led to his son’s departure.

“Something bad happened,” he told Le Parisien. “For our family, it was very hard to live. It’s a real shock, a trauma. Mistakes were made.

“From there, I consider that the relationship of trust between the club and our family is destroyed. Something broke. It’s hard to keep working with people when there’s such a lack of trust.”

PA Media claim Monaco will receive half of the fee up front and the rest in potential add-ons.

Bjorn Hardley, previously with NAC Breda, is another player awaiting international clearance, but United have confirmed three other Under-18 players have received the required clearances.

Dillon Hoogewerf has arrived from Ajax and Mateo Mejia from Real Zaragoza, while goalkeeper Johan Guadagno has joined from IF Brommapojkarna.