Manchester United have fans have been delighted to hear the news that talented young midfielder Hannibal Mejbri has committed his long-term future to the club.
The 18-year-old was signed from Monaco in 2019 and has impressed within the youth ranks at Old Trafford.
Hannibal has been fast-tracked into Neil Wood’s U23 side and has been a regular this season, netting four goals and registering seven assists.
His progression has been rewarded with a new contract that was announced officially by the club on Monday. United described the contract as long-term but did not specify exactly how long the deal is.
Hannibal has shown glimpses of supreme talent starting at Leigh Sports Village for the U23 side this term and it may not be long before he is afforded a first-team chance by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United’s proud tradition of handing academy prospects opportunities continued last month when Shola Shoretire was rewarded with a Premier League debut in the victory over Newcastle.
There is a clear focus on developing stars for the future and United fans are pleased with the encouraging news relating to one of their most promising talents.
A season-long loan move could be beneficial for the teenager next season as United aim to accelerate his development.
See some reactions from excited fans on social media below:
Hannibal Mejbri has signed a new long term contract aged 18. Great news. Always a cut above when you watch him with U23s, excited to see his progress over the next 18 months. Our academy has improved a lot over the last 5 years, Hannibal an example of a top player we brought in. pic.twitter.com/htBUR4ULFA
— United Peoples TV (@UnitedPeoplesTV) March 15, 2021
Great news that Hannibal Mejbri has signed a new long-term contract with United. Still only 18 and has really impressed in the U23s this season. Can see him getting a loan next season. #mufc
— Dominic Booth (@DomBooth19) March 15, 2021
Congratulations to Hannibal Mejbri for securing a new contract.
A really exciting creative outlet, who I have no doubt will be in the first team squad very soon. pic.twitter.com/ioj2964gEv
— Alexei (@MUFC_redarmy99) March 15, 2021
My 👑 Hannibal Mejbri signed a new deal this is the best thing/news for me this season
Time to make along 📽 for y’all to know how good he is we are coming for 1st team football 🔜 pic.twitter.com/1Mhyq5jgN1
— Tinka 🔴 (@UtdCode) March 15, 2021
For those that don't watch the U23 games, Hannibal Mejbri is a creative midfielder, with brilliant vision and amazing technical ability. He constantly looks to drive forward, carrying the ball up the pitch before looking to pick out forwards. Insane talent.
— 💤🇾🇪 (@FinleyPick) March 15, 2021
THIS IS THE UNITED CULTURE ❤️
Mejbri commits to United! He's a proper baller. Can't wait to see him with the first team soon 🙂 pic.twitter.com/nJKlYdNbk1
— Atanu (@atanu_74) March 15, 2021
Just announced: a new long-term contract for Hannibal Mejbri at #mufc.
I wrote this last year for @MundialMag and think it still sums up the kind of player he is.
He's training with the first team and impressing. I don't think it'll be long before his debut. pic.twitter.com/IiRQ4EWL9v
— Harry Robinson (@HarryRobinson64) March 15, 2021