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17 year old Manchester United talent is as good as Pogba

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Manchester United’s head of first-team development, Nicky Butt, thinks Hannibal Mejbri is an extremely talented player.

Mejbri signed for Manchester United last summer from French side AS Monaco, and has predominantly featured 14 times since for the academy sides at Old Trafford.

And speaking about the abundance of youth talent being ready to make their mark at United, Butt picked out Mejbri as someone who’s got the ability to reach a very high level.

While talking to Manchester Evening News, he said:

We’ve got the old-fashioned leaders if you like, who are going to talk to the players and drive the team. Hannibal (Mejbri)’s a leader. The way he plays his football is 100mph, he’s non-stop running up and down. Hannibal is different to Paul (Pogba) when Paul was a youth team player. He’s not as powerful as Paul, he isn’t as dominant as him, he’s a different kind of player to Paul but we all know about the talent he’s got.

“He’s a very, very talented boy but he’s still very immature. He’s still a baby, he’s just 17. He’s not got anything on him just yet, he needs to build up his size and build up his physicality. Talent-wise, he’s got such an immense talent to go on and play at a high level but there’s a long way to go yet.”

Despite not making a single first-team appearance yet for United, Butt’s appraisal of Mejbri makes for very impressive reading.


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