Manchester United may have a lot of problems to address this season, with the biggest one being their midfield. But they may already have the solution to that problem right in their hands.
Paul Pogba has not seen himself in the starting XI as much as he would have liked to this season.
Fred and Scott McTominay suit Ralf Rangnick’s tactical philosophy better. However, time and time again that midfield pairing has proven to be inconsistent and somewhat unreliable over long periods of time. Which begs the question of who will be brought in to overcome this shortcoming.
United could explore their options in the transfer window come January. But having spent a fortune in the summer, the Mancunians may not have the means to make another substantial signing. Having another signing underwhelm would hold them back significantly at this stage.
Which is why experimenting internally and making a decision in the summer based on it could be the best option for Rangnick.
The internal option: Hannibal Mejbri.
The youngster is a dynamic and technically gifted player who could offer what Pogba cannot in midfield. It was previously reported that the Tunisian is being developed to be a ‘Pogba replacement’. Naturally an attacking midfielder, Mejbri has recently been deployed in deeper roles in order to prepare him to succeed in the Premier League. Moreover, the midfielder’s physical prowess is also being improved.
Mejbri is said to be one of the biggest talents in the United academy currently and has the skills and potential to be a wonderful player in the future.
Considering the Red Devils’ situation, he is a risk worth taking. Give the teenager a chance to prove himself, and if things do not turn out for the better, look for external options in the summer. Although it may not be a foolproof plan, it is an approach where everyone wins if it works out; and if it doesn’t, the damage incurred is minimal.