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Hannibal Mejbri reveals Cristiano Ronaldo inspiration behind United move

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The Tunisian starlet hopes to learn from his football idol at Old Trafford.

Hannibal Mejbri is pushing to break into Manchester United’s senior team this season. The Tunisian youngster was on the bench when United clinched a draw against Atletico Madrid last week.

Ralf Rangnick is yet to give Mejbri playing time. However, for the 19-year-old being in United means more than just playing. 

In a new interview, the Tunisia international has spoken about his sources of inspiration when deciding to play for the Red Devils.

“At United, people don’t think like in France. For them, it’s simple: either you’re good on the pitch or you leave. They don’t look at where you came from, who you are,” Mejbri told Onze Mondial (via Sport Witness).

“There’s no status. For them, it’s simple: you work, you work, you work. That’s all there is to succeed. Plus, I’m with the person who has worked the most in the world of football: Cristiano Ronaldo. I can only learn next to him.”

He added: “I’ve always loved this club. United, it’s a club you need to respect. It’s hard to do better in Europe. Before, I watched the games of Cristiano, Nani and the achievements of Sir Alex Ferguson. United cradled me. Yes, I had other options, but after talking with my family, I was convinced it was the best choice for me.”

Youngsters Charlie Savage and Zidane Iqbal have featured for United under Rangnick. However, considering Mejbri’s current form, we expect to see him soon in the Red Devils’ jersey.

Rangnick’s side will meet Manchester City in their next league game on Sunday. 

Unsurprisingly, the Citizens are bookmakers’ favourites to win the game. However, given the Manchester derby’s many surprises in recent seasons, you can try your luck with other options too.