Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Hannibal.

Hannibal reveals key message

Friday 11 June 2021 18:01

Manchester United midfielder Hannibal has revealed what the coaching staff have said to him about striving for first-team opportunities.

In echoes of a key element of Sir Alex Ferguson's mantra, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has instructed the Tunisia international to never give up as he looks to build on a season where he was voted Denzil Haroun Under-23s Player of the Year.

The 18-year-old came off the bench to make his debut in the final Premier League game of the campaign at Wolves and is making strides after playing all of the season in the higher age group with Neil Wood's side.

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After committing his international future to Tunisia, he made an encouraging bow as a substitute in the 1-0 win over DR Congo last week and could feature again for his country in a big friendly against rivals Algeria on Friday.

Speaking to club media at the end of the domestic season, Hannibal passed on what has been drilled into him since his arrival in Manchester, from Monaco in 2019, and explained why he is at the perfect club when it comes to trusting youth products.

"The club has a great history and everyone always tells me about it," he told us in an exclusive interview. "Everyone would keep telling me that when I first came here.

“When you pull on that United shirt, you have to have that desire to win and that hunger for trophies, which I think is really impressive. 

“Each time I wear the red shirt, you simply have to have that real desire to win that's the impression I got when I first arrived here.

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"United has an entire history of producing excellent young players and I think that the manager is continuing that," he added.

"I think that United, as a club, has had some great young players throughout its history. The manager has faith in young players, which is a good thing for me, and I’ll be trying to grab any opportunities that come my way. But the most important thing, just as he said to me, is to work hard and never give up."