With Manchester United suffering their worst ever Premier League season, it seems that the only way is up for new manager Erik Ten Hag.
The Red Devils have often been ridiculed for their poor performance in the transfer window since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, and this summer marks the exit of one of their most lucrative and therefore embarrassing failures: Paul Pogba.
However, the recent emergence of one youngster in recent months could see the unfulfilled potential of this world record transfer finally accomplished.
Earning praise and scorn alike for his combative and somewhat aggressive cameo in United’s 4-0 loss to rivals Liverpool, Hannibal Mejbri is a 19-year-old Moroccan with a bright future.
Many were unhappy with this tough-tackling cameo, but he already has shown more desire and a fight for the shirt than the £49.5m-rated man did in his whole six years at Old Trafford.
Perhaps if he can channel this aggression, the France-born midfielder can become what everyone expected Pogba to be.
He does also possess a great amount of technical ability to go alongside his tenacity, with the youngster averaging a goal contribution nearly every three games in the Premier League 2 from central midfield.
His former coach Reda Bekhti spoke highly of the maestro back in September of 2021, claiming that it was not Pogba but Scholes who he could one day emulate:
“He can become a future Paul Scholes at Manchester United. He has all the qualities in the midfield to become a boss”.
With the arrogance and technical ability to mix it with the best, plus an obvious passion for the club, there are certainly ingredients in place for Mejbri to stake a claim at United heading into next season.
Whilst Pogba is a sensational footballer, this youngster will want to far surpass what the 29-year-old accomplished at Old Trafford.