Man Utd wonderkid Hannibal Mejbri given bizarre glitzy unveiling by Tunisia after switching allegiance from France

Man Utd wonderkid Hannibal Mejbri given bizarre glitzy unveiling by Tunisia after switching allegiance from France

TUNISIA gave Manchester United starlet Hannibal Mejbri a spectacular glitzy unveiling after he switched allegiance from France.

The midfielder, 18, was feted like the superstar many suggest he could become – with previous comparisons to United legends Bryan Robson, Roy Keane, Paul Scholes and David Beckham.



Tunisia have called up Mejbri for clashes with DR Congo, Algeria and Mali after he played for France Under-16s and U-17s.

It follows interest from Barcelona, PSG and Spurs before he joined United in August 2019.

This time dignitaries and journalists were in a crowd at an auditorium as Mejbri was given a musical countdown.

And after the tension built up, Mejbri finally stepped onto a stage, surrounded by strobe lighting and bursts of flames.

It completed a momentous May for the ex-Monaco schoolboy player.

He came on as sub for his United debut in the 2-1 win at Wolves on the final day of the Premier League season.

Mejbri was given eight minutes in place of Juan Mata, 33, who in contrast could be heading out of Old Trafford this summer.

That follows Mejbri winning United's U-23 Player of the Year award. 

Former Old Trafford midfielder and coach Nicky Butt has not held back in his praise for Mejbri's potential.

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He once told the Manchester Evening News: "Leaders are always looked at like a Roy Keane, a Steve Bruce, a Bryan Robson, those kind of verbal, real aggression, real leaders.

"And then you've got leaders like Paul Scholes or David Beckham or Ryan Giggs, who's quiet but really leads by example of how they play and how they work hard.

"We've got the old-fashioned leaders, if you like, who are going to talk to the players and drive the team." 

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