On paper maybe, but Ole has only used VDB as a pretty advanced 10, and in the U23s Mejbri definitely plays as an 8. Although I suppose when he first gets chances for the first team he might be considered too slight to muck in in midfield and start off as a 10 or wide AM so you may be right.VDB a 10 who can play 8, Mejbri an 8 who can play 10. I’d be surprised if he gets any real game time as part of the midfield two next year.
I don't think it would be too much for him. If McTominay can start off playing at CM without first team experience, Mejbri should be able to do it at least in that same capacity.Nah, he’ll play left forward- number 10 would be too much for him at this stage. Also his best performances for the U23’s have been left forward!
Pretty sure it’s more than two but he was outstanding there. I think it’s clear they moved him there with the thought of giving him first team minutes. Centre midfielder positions are notoriously hard for youngsters to break through at- especially the level we needHe's only played at LW twice, it's a very small sample size.
How did McTominay do it then? We persisted with him.Pretty sure it’s more than two but he was outstanding there. I think it’s clear they moved him there with the thought of giving him first team minutes. Centre midfielder positions are notoriously hard for youngsters to break through at- especially the level we need
McTominay is a physical monster though, and he was already 20 when he started getting appearances. That's not to say Hannibal can't go straight into midfield (in fact I hope he does), but it's quite likely he'll start off being played out wide.How did McTominay do it then? We persisted with him.
He turned 18 recently, that’s all there is to it. If you click the link in the OP the URL says "February 2021" so this has most likely been in the wings for a while and presumably got delayed because of his injury.When I was reading the fact that our now departed "Super Scout" Mathieu Seckinger was instrumental in bringing Hannibal to the club and was 'in' with the family I did wonder if his leaving might loosen Hannibal's attachment to the club so its good to see him committing to the club. Is the timing a coincidence?
Half the reason I want him in the first team as soon as, really. He's been targetted constantly since his promotion, the "tackles" that are thrown his way border on violence, at least in the PL the referees are card happy.Seen him play just a few times but fallen in love with him. The treatment this lad gets from opposition players is a disgrace. The guy doesn't shy away. The boy is a warrior. With that talent and attitude, I can't imagine him not having a decent career at the very least.
In the last 20 years help me remind of an outfield player who went on loan and came back becoming a great player for us? Sure they probably end up having a decent career but not able to find a permanent place in United or any other big team.nice one. He’s a huge talent who seems to have the fighter mentality that was missing with Adnan and Pereira. I think he’s gonna be a star. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him loaned out a few times to refine him but he’s got a cracking chance of being a good player for us.