MANCHESTER UNITED youngster Hannibal Mejbri has been tipped to be a first-team star at Old Trafford by his former coach Reda Bekhti.
Mejbri played under Bekhti at Paris FC and the French coach believes the playmaker has what it takes to reach the highest level.
Bekhti toldGoal: “I believe he has what it takes to make it to the first team, I think he is on the right path.
“With humility, work, patience and the help of God, he will evolve in the first team.
“That’s something he greatly deserves.”
The 17-year-old, who joinedUnitedfrom Monaco last summer for an initial fee in the region of £4million, has already impressed for the Under-18 and the Under 23’s this season but the academy chiefs are keen to play down the hype surrounding the midfielder.
Bekhti added: “His football strengths are mainly based on his ability to see things before others.
“On a football field he has intelligence far above the average.
“In addition to this, he has a lot of technical ability and is a modern midfielder who is capable of combining excellent recovery of the ball, fast transitioning and the ability to finish.”
“From the earliest age he had the charisma and personality.
“He was already giving out instructions and he was often captain.”
Mejbri has a similar hairstyle to Arsenal midfielder Matteo Geundouzi and Bekthi believes the youngster is similar on the pitch as well.
Bekhti said: “Today when compared to a Premier League player, I see it as Guendouzi.
“Like Hannibal, he is French, from French training, and grew up in the Paris region.
“His playing style is similar to what Hannibal can do in the Premier League in the coming years.”
United have a tradition of putting faith in academy players to step up to the first team and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to continue that.
Williams has featured heavily at left-back and Greenwood has netted 12 times for Solskjaer’s side.
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