Manchester United fans have told Hannibal Mejbri to keep working hard following his goal for the U23 side against Huddersfield at the weekend.
Mejbri, 17, joined United last summer from Monaco and is widely regarded as one of the most promising youngsters in the club’s academy.
United’s development sides were forced out of action as a result of the coronavirus pandemic which put an end to the Premier League 2 season.
The young Reds played a pre-season friendly match against Huddersfield on Saturday, drawing 3-3, with Mejbri getting on the score sheet late in the second-half. Mejbri wrote on Twitter after the game: “Tough game today, not the result we wanted but onto the next one.”
United fans are keen to see Mejbri continue his development and some have suggested he could become the next academy star to make the step up to senior level in the new season.
Following his goal at the weekend, supporters have told the youngster to keep working hard and his chance will come.
Despite United fans calling for him to fast-tracked to the senior side, U23 boss Neil Wood strongly suggested Mejbri will remain at youth level.
“I think what you need to remember is Hannibal is still a young lad, he is only 17,” Wood told MEN Sport. “He’s not long been here really, he is probably coming up to almost a first completed season if that.
“I think people get sucked into the price-tag, and again that is not Hannibal’s fault. So I think he is a young player with potential, he is one of the young players we have got with potential, but there is still a lot of development and learning which needs to be put into him.
“We still need to get him to a higher level to get him to even go and train with the first-team, so there is no rush to start pushing him in that first-team environment right now.
“I think the challenge is going to be enough for him at U23s right now and we are going to push him and try to move him up as quick as we can, but at the same time we won’t rush him if he’s not ready to do that.”