Manchester United fans have dubbed academy star Hannibal Mejbri the “new Ronaldinho” after making an incredible pass for the U18s.
The Red Devils are having a difficult season in Premier League U18 North, sitting ninth.
But one youngster to impress has been Mejbri, who has produced six assists this season.
The 17-year-old has been hailed by club legend and head of first-team development Nicky Butt.
And footage from the Frenchman’s latest game shows what the midfielder can do.
In the clip, United are taking on Derby at the Aon Training Complex.
Mejbri is leading the attack in the middle of the park, given room to turn round.
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But the 17-year-old quickly comes under pressure from Liam Thompson.
With midfielder Charlie McCann to his right, the Frenchman appears to be preparing for a square pass.
But, without even looking, Mejbri chips the ball straight down field to his on-running forward.
His pass then falls straight into the path of Charlie Wellens, who later got on the scoreboard in the 2-1 win over Derby.
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This footage was shared on Reddit on Saturday, where the United faithful heaped praise on the forward.
“My word, he is talented,” one supporter said.
Another commented: “How the f*** did he do that.
While a third gave the teenager a new nickname.
“Our very own Ronaldinho,” they said.
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“Se excited to see him play for our first team.”
And a fourth added: “Jesus f***ing christ.”
A fifth compared him to a Premier League rival who adopts the no-look pass, with: “This is actual no-look, not that s*** [Liverpool’s Roberto] Firmino.”
United coach Nicky Butt recently talked up the 17-year-old, saying: “When you’re a young player and you get brought in for a relatively big fee from a foreign club, you’re gonna have everybody watching you, and he’s aware of that.
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“He’s a very good player, talent-wise, or else we wouldn’t have brought him in, so that’s a given.
“But he is still only a baby, just six months out of school. He has still got a lot of growing to do.
“He is a good size vertically but he needs to fill out, get stronger, and he needs to learn certain parts of his game — like they all do.
“But we’re very confident in that he’s at a really good starting point.
“He’s a very hard-working boy and hopefully, given time, and not too much pressure, he’ll get to where we want him to be.”
- Manchester United FC
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