Erik ten Hag's secret weapon, Hannibal Mejbri, has made a remarkable impact at Manchester United despite his father's desires for him to become a doctor. Hannibal's fierce and competitive nature has won over the hearts of Old Trafford fans, as he fearlessly takes on opposition players with more experience. His win-at-all-costs mentality has been evident in his performances this season, including his first Premier League goal in a disappointing defeat against Brighton. He followed this up with a combative display in a 1-0 win against Burnley and continued to impress in a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
Hannibal's journey to Manchester United was marred by family drama, as a falling-out between his family and his former club, Monaco, led to his departure. His father, Lotfi Mejbri, a former Tunisian footballer, initially opposed his son's career choice and advocated for him to become a doctor or lawyer. However, Hannibal's talent and determination have secured the approval of United legend Nicky Butt, who praised his leadership qualities and work ethic. Hannibal credits a loan spell with Birmingham City for his maturity and self-reflection, acknowledging the importance of physical improvement and hard work.
His dedication is evident in his impressive stats, particularly his ability to press and cover a considerable distance on the pitch. Hannibal's talent coupled with his relentless work rate make him a valuable asset to the team. Despite his father's wishes, Hannibal's rise at Manchester United shows no signs of slowing down. As he continues to excel on the field, the dream of becoming a doctor will have to be put on hold.