Report: Ralf Rangnick told 'world-class' Manchester United player off after what he did to Liverpool's players at Anfield last month
Gary Neville might have been impressed with Hannibal Mejbri against Liverpool last month, but Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick wasn’t on the same page.
Hannibal was introduced from the bench as United were hammered by Liverpool at Anfield. But despite not really affecting the game in terms of play, the teenager caught the eye with a number of crunching tackles in his six minute cameo.
The attitude from Hannibal drew praise from Neville at the time, who was happy to see the 19-year-old at least show some desire in the United shirt. However, according to ESPN, the actions didn’t go down well with United boss, Ralf Rangnick.
ESPN has claimed that the stand-in United manager was far from keen with what he saw from Hannibal. In fact, such was his disappointment, it’s claimed that it’s the reason why Hannibal hasn’t been included again in recent matchday squads.
TBR’s View: Hannibal Just Wanted To Make An Impression
From a practical point of view, you can see why Rangnick might not be too happy here. Hannibal could have been sent off if the game had longer to go, and a Liverpool player might have got hurt. However, he was just simply trying to make a mark. And he did that, even if it’s for the wrong reasons.
At the end of the day, coming on at Anfield while your team is getting battered is hardly ideal. Hannibal probably thought he simply had to show something, and in his own head, this was a way of doing just that.
The youngster is clearly a talent as well as aggressive. Indeed, it wasn’t long ago he was lauded for a ‘world-class’ moment for the under-23s.
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