The teenager has impressed since signing from Monaco in the summer 2019 transfer window and has committed his long-term future to the club
Hannibal Mejbri has signed a new “long-term” deal at Manchester United after impressing at under-23 level.
United signed the attacker from Monaco in 2019 and he has been impressing for Neil Wood’s side this season in Premier League 2.
Mejbri’s new deal has seen him commit his future to the club, and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already earmarked him as one to join up with the first team.
How many goals has he scored?
This season he has scored four goals and registered seven assists in 18 league appearances.
Has he trained with the first team?
Mejbri, along with Shola Shoretire, was selected by Solskjaer to be promoted to the first-team bubble and train with the squad at the start of the year. Unfortunately two separate injuries have delayed his promotion but when the time is right he will no doubt be able to make the step up to that level. For now, he remains in the academy bubble.
When he makes the step up to the first team he will still be able to play for the U23s and even the U18s in the FA Youth Cup, where United are waiting to find out if they face Liverpool or Sutton United in the next round, but he will be required to travel separately to games and use different changing rooms due to the Covid bubble regulations.
What has Solskjaer said about him?
Speaking to MUTV last month the first-team manager said: “Hannibal unfortunately injured his shoulder in the reserves so he’ll be out for a few weeks. He was just on his way into the squad and training with us but that’s football. He’ll come back stronger, I am sure, and he knows he’s not far away.”
When will he return from injury?
Mejbri has already returned to the fold after the shoulder injury he picked up last month, although at the moment that is light training without any contact to protect his shoulder. It is hoped he will be able to return to full contact shortly and be back in contention at whatever level he is needed.
Laird, Garner, Dalot, Pellistri – How Manchester United’s loanees are faring this season
Jesse Lingard – West Ham United
In just six Premier League games at West Ham, Lingard has contributed just one less goal and assist than he managed in the last two-and-a-half seasons at United.
With four goals and two assists already he has become one of the Hammers’ most important players, which was abundantly clear when he was unable to play in Sunday’s defeat to United.
It’s clear that Lingard is enjoying his football again and has shown those who doubted him that he remains a talented player. Manager David Moyes has said he hopes Lingard remains at the club past his loan spell.
He said: “I would hope Jesse sees this as a good place if it’s possible to be done, and if we think that we want to do it at the end of the season.”
Ironically, with the amount of injuries United have in attacking areas at the moment, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could have done with him staying at the club.
Diogo Dalot- AC Milan
Dalot experienced a slow start to life in Milan and was prominently used as a substitute or in the Europa League, however, he has started the last two Serie A games and scored his first league goal for the club with a great strike against Hellas Verona two weeks ago.
The versatile full-back also put in a solid display when he came up against United in the Europa League last week, showing that he has improved since making his move to Italy.
After the game, he said: “It was a mixed feeling to be honest when I first walked on the pitch before the game. I’m used to being this side of the pitch and now I’m on the other side. I missed this place as well, I had great memories with this club but today I was on the other side fighting for this badge, and that’s it.”
Facundo Pellistri – Alaves
After moving to United last summer, Pellistri joined La Liga strugglers Alaves in January to gain first-team experience.
The teenage winger has started the last two games after forcing his way into the team but he has yet be on the winning side and has been unable to contribute with a goal or an assist.
Pellistri did, however, put in a good display in the weekend’s 1-1 draw with Cadiz, completing more take-ons than any other player on the pitch with four.
James Garner – Nottingham Forest
After struggling for minutes at Watford following a managerial change during his first loan spell of the season, Garner is flourishing at Nottingham Forest.
The midfielder has played the full 90 minutes in all but one game and scored his first professional goal in the East Midlands derby against Derby County.
Garner has already earned the adoration of the Forest faithful and he has impressed his manager Chris Hughton, who said: “We’ve been absolutely delighted with him. He’s grown in experience, he’s learning all the time. His game isn’t perfect, but it wouldn’t be at his age.
“He’s on the right road to being a very good player, that’s my thoughts on him at the moment. We are very respectful of how we speak about him as he’s not our player, but more so, we are very grateful to Manchester United for his services.”