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Man Utd wonderkid Hannibal Mejbri, 19, has been compared to icons Beckham and Keane – but dad wants him to be a doctor – The Sun

With a name like Hannibal, Premier League clubs could be forgiven for fearing Man United’s teenage fairy.

But the only thing scary about Hannibal MejbriThe 19-year-old midfielder with curly hair is his talent.

    Hannibal Mejbri is a miracle star worth £ 9.3 million for Man United

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Hannibal Mejbri is a miracle star worth £ 9.3 million for Man United
    United recently secured his services long-term with a new contract

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United recently secured his services long-term with a new contractCredit: Getty
    Mejbri has been compared to Man Utd legends Roy Keane and David Beckham for his leadership qualities

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Mejbri has been compared to Man Utd legends Roy Keane and David Beckham for his leadership qualitiesCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Mejbri comes Old Trafford in 2019 with a transfer of £9.3 million after a mysterious explosion with his former club Monaco.

But the loss of Monegasque is in United’s favor, as a player, who also attracted interest from Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham Hotspurwith the ace enjoying some practice sessions and a promising first-team guest spot.

HE IS AGED

It was during the FA Youth Cup clash with Leeds at Old Trafford that he really matured two years ago.

Targeted by away fans, with chants like ‘Sideshow Bob is f******s***’, a reference to the main villain in The Simpsons, Mejbri was in end some tough challenges in the game.

But what doesn’t break you, just makes you stronger and Mejbri survived the test – putting on a stellar performance with the ball.

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Neil Ryan, U18 United coach, says Time then: “He is a talented boy and like all good players, he will be targeted by any opposition.

“That’s what he had to learn, how to control and focus his energy and not get caught up in that, and I think he did it well.”

Nicky Butt was impressed by the qualities he saw in Mejbri, comparing him to legends Bryan Robson, Roy Keane, Paul Scholes and David Beckham.

Butt said to Manchester Evening News: “Leaders have always been seen as a Roy Keane, a Steve Bruce, a Bryan Robson, real talkers, real aggressors, real leaders.

    Mejbri finished off some tough tackles from the Leeds youngsters

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Mejbri finished off some tough tackles from the Leeds youngstersCredit: Getty Images – Getty

“And then you have leaders like Paul Scholes or David Beckham or Ryan Giggs who are quiet but really lead by example in how they play and how hard they work.

“We have old-fashioned leaders, if you will, who will talk to the players and motivate the team,” he said.

“Hannibal (Mejbri) is a leader. The way he plays his football is 100mph, he doesn’t stop running up and down.”

He followed that up with a great double in a pre-season friendly for the first team against Salford last summer and it was soon tied to a new long-term agreement.

FALL OUT BOY

Back in August 2019, Manchester United attacked Mejbri after he was embroiled in a disagreement with Monaco.

“Something bad happened,” said his father Lotfi Mejbri, a former Tunisian footballer. Le Parisien.

“For our family, it was a very difficult life. It was a real shock, a trauma.

“There have been mistakes made and since then, I consider the relationship of trust between the club and our family to have been destroyed.”

His future always looks good given the identity of his agent, Jorge Mendesthe man who was dubbed the ‘super spy’ represents Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho.

And yet, if it were up to his father, the boy would fight on the field instead of quarterback or perform in the hospital theater rather than the stadium.

Despite being a footballer herself, Mejbri Snr insists her hope is to see her son become a lawyer or doctor.

He used to say: “Even if he does [make it as a pro footballer]I don’t want him to have a chickpea for a brain in his head. “

    Footballer Mejbri's father is from Tunisia but he has represented France at youth level

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Footballer Mejbri’s father is from Tunisia but he has represented France at youth level
    Hannibal with his father and mother, Lotfi, signed for Monaco in 2017

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Hannibal with his father and mother, Lotfi, signed for Monaco in 2017Credit: Instagram @HannibalMejbri
    Mejbri is one of the most sought-after teenagers on the continent

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Mejbri is one of the most sought-after teenagers on the continentCredit: Instagram @HannibalMejbri

Mejbri has had other suitors in the Premier League.

At the age of 14, he trained with Arsenal and received an offer from Liverpool but ended up going to Monte Carlo.

Lotfi speak: “It’s never been about the money. If we got into that, we might get more than what’s claimed in the press.

“I will tell an anecdote: after signing for Monaco while on holiday in Tunisia, an authorized lawyer from Liverpool called me with a huge offer.

“But I only have one word for him.”

After Man United successfully signed Bruno Fernandes for £56m, Mejbri could find his way to the first team blocked at the moment.

However, Butt thinks that in time he will flourish for the club.

“He’s a very, very talented boy but still very immature,” he said. It is still a baby. He still doesn’t have anything on his body, he needs to increase his size and build up his physique. “

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