Fred’s harm in Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to Everton has left followers questioning who interim supervisor Ralf Rangnick will associate with Nemanja Matic within the coronary heart of midfield. At Goodison Park, Paul Pogba and Hannibal Mejbri had been the one midfielders on the bench who’ve performed a deeper position previously, with Scott McTominay injured and Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata seen as extra superior choices.
Given Pogba’s inconsistency this season, Rangnick might not belief the Frenchman, and so he might flip to teenager Hannibal to unravel United’s midfield woes. This season, Hannibal has featured on the bench for United’s first workforce on 5 events, as soon as within the Champions League, as soon as within the FA Cup and 3 times within the Premier League.
However the midfielder continues to be but to play a minute of soccer for Rangnick’s facet this season. The 19-year-old Tunisian commonly begins for United’s Beneath-23s alongside fellow highly-rated teenager Alejandro Garnacho.
For the Beneath- 23s, Hannibal has made 11 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring one purpose and aiding three. The small variety of appearances might be accounted for by the actual fact he has been referred to as as much as his nationwide workforce on many events this time period, specifically when he represented Tunisia on the Africa Cup of Nations in January.
Rangnick clearly sees potential in Hannibal, and the 19-year-old’s report from final season justifies the midfielder’s inclusion in United’s first-team squad. Hannibal capped off a formidable yr with a Premier League debut within the closing match of final season, approaching as an alternative choice to the ultimate eight minutes of United’s 2-1 win away to Wolves.
Having by no means featured in United’s first-team squad till that time, the midfielder was rewarded for his exploits with the Beneath-23s within the Premier League 2. Hannibal recorded 5 objectives and 10 assists for the Beneath-23s in all competitions final season, beginning all however one of many matches when he was concerned within the squad.
Whereas he’s not at all a goalscoring midfielder, Hannibal’s creativity might be a priceless asset for Rangnick’s facet if he’s given a chance to impress within the season run-in. At Everton on Saturday, Bruno Fernandes created probably the most possibilities for his teammates in 90 minutes, with a meagre tally of two.
Regardless of Pogba changing Fred within the first half after the Brazilian limped off injured, the Frenchman didn’t have the specified impression. Cristiano Ronaldo had solely two pictures in opposition to the Merseysiders, because the Portuguese striker was starved of service.
If you examine that to his tally of eight pictures in his earlier Premier League match in opposition to Tottenham, by which he scored a hat-trick, it’s clear to see the place United’s struggles lie. The squad has the expertise up entrance to complete possibilities, however they first have to be created. Hannibal might nicely present a sorely wanted spark in midfield if given the chance.
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