ERIK TEN HAG gave Hannibal Mejbri a runout in a brand new place, coming off the bench towards Aston Villa to play as a STRIKER.
The Dutchman is placing his Manchester United staff by way of their paces Down Below.
United have performed a variety of pre-season video games this month and are nonetheless undefeated with thumping wins over rivals Liverpool, in addition to Crystal Palace and Melbourne Victory.
However with choices restricted within the striker division, Ten Hag performed pure midfielder Hannibal up entrance within the 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on the Optus Stadium.
The 19-year-old changed pink scorching Jadon Sancho within the 67th minute.
Nevertheless, Hannibal was unable to assist United lengthen their lead and Calum Chambers scored an added-time equaliser to tie the sport up.
Followers cherished Hannibal’s gutsy cameo, branding him “the subsequent Robbie Savage” after he tussled with Ashley Younger.
Hannibal additionally shoved Douglas Luiz off the ball throughout one other scrappy trade.
Ten Hag has made a variety of signings to bolster his defensive and midfield choices.
Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez have all joined the membership.
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Nevertheless, the Dutchman is at midnight over who can be main the road come their August 7 Premier League opener towards Brighton.
Primary man Cristiano Ronaldo needs to depart the membership.
The legendary 37-year-old has been linked with strikes to Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and an emotional return to Sporting Lisbon.
And will Ronaldo go away Previous Trafford this summer time, Ten Hag could also be pressured to try to get a tune out of the returning Anthony Martial, who frolicked on mortgage at Sevilla final season.
Martial has scored in three pre-season friendlies to date and Ten Hag is reluctant to promote him.
Ten Hag may additionally look to dip into the switch marketplace for a striker.
The Crimson Devils held “preliminary talks” with Stuttgart star Sasa Kalajdzic’s representatives, however whether or not a transfer materialises it but to be seen.