Man Utd star ‘in disbelief’ over manager’s actions as £15m transfer decision set | Football | Sport

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Man Utd star ‘in disbelief’ over manager’s actions as £15m transfer decision set | Football | Sport

Hannibal Mejbri’s camp is reportedly dismayed by the Manchester United midfielder’s treatment during his short loan spell at Sevilla. The 21-year-old left Old Trafford for regular minutes in the January transfer window but has endured a nightmare opening couple of months in La Liga.

Hannibal was primed for a breakout season at United after a successful loan move to Birmingham City but made just 10 appearances, starting in four of them, throughout the first half of the campaign.

The club mutually agreed that his development was best served elsewhere until the summer, prompting a winter switch to Spain.

But he has featured just four times since his arrival, starting once and playing just 89 minutes of football. He hasn’t registered a goal or an assist but has received two yellow cards in that time.

According to Spanish outlet Estadio Deportivo, there is disbelief among Hannibal and his representatives over how Quique Sanchez Flores has utilised him at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.

Flores has reportedly been accused of ostracising the Tunisia international despite Sevilla’s nightmare season.

Sevillistas Los Rojiblancos are sat in 16th in La Liga, six points above the relegation zone following their 13th loss of the campaign against Celta Vigo.

Hannibal has been an unused substitute in five of his nine league games in Spain, including the last two. Tottenham Hotspur starlet Alejo Veliz has also found game-time hard to come by.

The report claims Hannibal’s camp feels his career is regressing at Sevilla and that they can’t believe how badly his time overseas is going.

Questions also surround Sevilla sporting director Victor Orta, it’s claimed. Last year, he left the same role at Leeds United to return to his homeland.

It is now thought to have become clear that the La Liga club won’t be triggering the £15million buy option in Hannibal’s loan contract, meaning he will return to United this summer.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS are expected to oversee several sales in their first transfer window in control of the club’s football operations.

United will need to raise funds through player sales to sufficiently back any much-needed transfer activity amid a below-par campaign of their own. Hannibal would likely instantly return to the shop window.

Kobbie Mainoo’s emergence has all but dashed Hannibal’s hopes of game time at Old Trafford next term. Therefore, an exit would be the best outcome for all parties.

However, barring a dramatic change of the tide in the coming months, it looks almost certain that his next destination won’t be Sevilla.

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