“He’s a fantastic player” – Nemanja Matic tells Erik ten Hag to play this Manchester United youngster next season

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Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has urged new Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag to give 19 year old midfielder Hannibal Mejbri game time next season.

Mejbri is one of Manchester United’s most highly-rated academy stars but has only made one senior appearance this season, in the 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.

Matic, who is leaving the club at the end of his contract this summer, is eager to see how the Tunisian international develops under Ten Hag next season.

Matic told Manchester United’s official website: “I have to say that Hannibal is a fantastic player and a great character.

“The talent he has, he needs to use that. I really want to see him in the future and how he will grow.

“I hope to see him get more minutes. I think that every time I see him in training, he surprises me with his quality, he’s still young, but I’m very excited. I really want to see how he’s growing and improving.”

Mejbri was named Manchester United’s U23 Player of the Year last season and is rated highly by coaches at Old Trafford.