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Man Utd: Forgotten star has ‘good chance of starting’ at World Cup today

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Manchester United’s on-loan Tunisia international Hannibal Mejbri will be looking to impress his parent club at the World Cup, according to The Guardian journalist Ed Aarons.

The attacking midfielder is currently on a season-long loan with Championship side Birmingham City whilst on World Cup duty in Qatar.

What’s the latest on Mejbri?

Having made just three senior appearances for Manchester United since his Premier League debut in May 2021, Mejbri was loaned out to Birmingham City for the current 2022/23 season towards the end of the summer transfer window.

The 19-year-old has made 15 appearances for the Blues so far this season, providing two assists from a central midfield role, according to Transfermarkt.

The Manchester United youth academy product has already played 19 times for his country and will be hoping that he can use the stage of the World Cup to provide a good account of himself to impress Red Devils manager Erik ten Hag.

And Aarons has backed Mejbri to get his chance to showcase his talents on the global stage, with Tunisia’s opening game in the tournament coming against Denmark at 13:00 (GMT) today.

What has Aarons said about Mejbri?

Aarons told GIVEMESPORT: “I think so [the World Cup being a good chance for Hannibal to impress Manchester United] because it’s obviously the highest level of football and I think he’s got a good chance of starting for Tunisia.

“It’s a very experienced squad, with lots of players in their sort of late 20s, or early 30s.

“He’s by far and away the youngest in that squad and he gives them something completely different.”

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What will Mejbri’s hopes for the tournament be?

With Tunisia placed in a difficult group alongside current world champions France, Euro 2020 semi-finalists Denmark and Australia, it will be a difficult task to see Mejbri showcasing his talents in the knockout stages of the tournament this time round.

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