Man Utd U23s coach Neil Wood grounds fans’ Hannibal Mejbri expectations

Manchester United's Under-23 coach Neil Wood has grounded fans over their expectations on Hannibal Mejbri.

The 17-year-old was signed from Monaco last summer as one of the best up and coming players in Europe.

The fee could rise to €10m if certain requirements are met.

For the Under-23 squad, the teenager has impressed throughout the campaign.

It followed a brilliant year at youth level for Mejbri, who made the step up from the Under-18s in September.

United fans have been keen on seeing the youngster get more chances in the first-team next year but Wood has moved to quell those expectations.

"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.

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"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."

United are set to offer a number of youngsters out on loan in the summer to allow them to develop with more first-team football.

James Garner, Tahith Chong and Ethan Laird could be allowed to leave on temporary deals while highly-rated starlet Angel Gomes has gone permanently to Lille.

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