Manchester United have always been known for bringing through players from their academy. Who could forget the Class of ’92?
And in recent years, the likes of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Scott McTominay have managed to make that jump as well and establish themselves in the first-team. Now the question is, who is next?
Shola Shoretire has already made his first-team debut recently. And it looks like another highly-rated academy prospect in the form of Hannibal Mejbri could possibly do the same in the near future as well.
He was supposed to train with the first-team earlier this season before he got injured. And when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about whether he could be part of a match squad before the end of the season, the manager seemed positive regarding his chances to do so. As reported by Manchester United’s official website, the Norwegian said:
"“Yes, definitely. He was unlucky getting injured, six weeks ago, when he was supposed to come up [to train] with us. Now he’s got over the injury and joined in, and he’s done well, the boy. Of course, you drip-feed them in and you don’t expect them to set the world alight, but you want to see them in this environment and he’s looked comfortable and confident. Hopefully, we can give him that extra motivation and inspiration to show even more of his talent and why not?”"
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Mejbri has been impressive while playing for Manchester United’s youth teams
Mejbri arrived at Manchester United from AS Monaco in 2019 for a transfer fee believed to be around €10 million. As a result, it is clear that the club rate him very highly.
And he has done very well while playing for Manchester United’s youth sides so far. According to stats from Transfermarkt, he has scored 5 goals and provided 13 assists in 39 appearances while playing for the Under-18 and the Under-23 sides.
Naturally, the expectations are high from the club regarding his future and it will be interesting to see when he ultimately gets a chance in the first-team.
This is all very promising though, considering how the Red Devils have focused on youth development over the past few years, signing some of the most highly-rated youngsters from all over the world and putting them in the club’s academy. And moving forward, they could reap the rewards for their vision.