Man Utd starlet told to seal ‘return to Ligue 1’ after Neville lauded him for ‘kicking Liverpool players’

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Man Utd player Mejbri Credit: Alamy
Man Utd player Mejbri Credit: Alamy

Man Utd youngster Hannibal Mejbri has been told that he would be wise to ‘return to Ligue 1’ following his loan spell at Birmingham City.

The 20-year-old joined Man Utd from Ligue 1 side Monaco in 2019. Up to now, he has only played three times for the Premier League giants.

The midfielder came on as a substitute during Man Utd’s 4-0 loss against Liverpool last season. Gary Neville was “proud” of Mejbri as he was “going round trying to stop people and trying to kick people”.

Mejbri is highly-rated at Old Trafford and he has spent this season on loan at Championship side Birmingham City. He has enjoyed a fruitful campaign as he has played 41 times for the Blues across all competitions.

It remains to be seen whether Mejbri will feature for Man Utd next season. Erik ten Hag may opt to send him out on loan again to gain more experience elsewhere.

French football expert Jonathan Johnson thinks Mejrbi should ‘return to Ligue 1 on a loan deal’.

‘Hannibal Mejbri will be facing an important summer after spending the season on loan at Birmingham City from Manchester United. He’s been regarded as a big prospect for some time, but it hasn’t quite happened for him yet,’ Johnson wrote for Caught Offside.

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‘I remember there was a lot of interest in him when he was at Monaco, and Monaco youth academy graduates tend to attract a lot of interest generally, before Kylian Mbappe’s emergence but even more since then. There’s no doubt with Mejbri that there’s a Premier League-quality player in there, but it’s just about unlocking that potential.

‘Looking at Mejbri now, he perhaps still needs to mature a little before being ready for Premier League football, and one way for him to do that maybe is to return to Ligue 1 on a loan deal next season and really push himself into contention to play for a Premier League club.

‘His potential is extremely high, that was clear when he was playing in France, so there’s still time for him to unlock that, but having said that, I don’t know if he’s going to be quite at the level for a club like Manchester United.

‘Where he goes next will be key for his development, let’s see if he can explode into a real top talent, or if he ends up being more of a solid profile for most Premier League clubs, if not that elite group at the top.’

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