Manchester United have a new Bruno Fernandes

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Former Manchester United player Ben Thornley has likened academy player Hannibal Mejbri to Bruno Fernandes.

The 17 year old joined the club from Monaco last summer for £9m.

The French teenager is yet to make his first team debut, but he has so far impressed in the academy set-up and Thornley has predicted a bright future for the player.

“Hannibal Mejbri is a very talented player,” Thornley wrote for Tribal Football. “Obviously United paid money to bring him in from France and I’ve watched him numerous times.

“We are still waiting to hear if United’s FA Youth Cup semi-final against Chelsea will go ahead. And Hannibal Mejbri will play a big part if United are going to go on and win that tournament.

“He is a little bit like Fernandes in that he does get himself into places where defenders are reluctant to come out and mark him.

“He takes a kick and he draws fouls as well and he can go either way. He is a very, very talented player.”

Thornley also urged for the player’s attitude to be developed before he can feature for the first team

“I do think that sometimes his temperament needs to be curtailed a little bit,” Thornley continued.

“We like a fiery character, no doubt about that, but it’s just knowing where to draw the line before you start getting told off by the referee and cards start coming out, and before it affects you on the pitch.

“If you’re thinking too hard about remonstrating with the referee it’s going to take away from what you’re supposed to be doing on the pitch.

“So he just needs to get that balance right. We love a fiery character, we’ve had plenty at our club. Mejbri is definitely one, but he is also very, very talented.”