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36 minutes & two yellow cards: Hannibal Mejbri struggling to impress at Sevilla

Manchester United midfielder Hannibal Mejbri has had a difficult start following his loan move to Sevilla during the winter transfer window.

The 21-year-old joined the La Liga outfit last month on a temporary deal. As part of the move, Sevilla have the option to buy him for €20 million.

Mejbri struggled to impress in his 28-minute debut against Girona, picking up a booking. He was an unused substitute in the subsequent game against Osasuna.

The youngster got eight regular minutes in yesterday’s 2-1 win over Rayo, but it was only because Lucien Agoume picked up an untimely knock.

Mejbri came on in the 82nd minute and managed only two touches. He failed to register a pass and was guilty of picking up a yellow card too.

Things have not gone as planned for the youngster. Mejbri would have fancied a starting berth at Sevilla after Ivan Rakitic decided to leave the club.

However, he currently finds himself in a similar position to his time at United where he was limited to cameo appearances under Erik ten Hag.

The Tunisian star still has time on his hands to turnaround his fortunes, but United ought to be concerned over his lack of regular first-team football.

The club need to balance their books to avoid breaching Financial Fair Play limits this summer. Mejbri is one of those predicted to leave permanently.

If he can’t make an impact over the coming months, there is a likeliness that Sevilla could turn down the prospect of signing him on a long-term deal.

This would not suit United who may want to balance their books and recoup some of the losses with player sales before the financial year ends on June 30.

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