MANCHESTER UNITED youngster Hannibal Mejbri got fans talking during the first half of Tunisia’s clash with Australia at the World Cup.
The 19-year-old, currently on loan at Birmingham City, has quickly become renowned for his feisty style of play.
And that was on full display during the opening period against the Aussies, despite him being named on the bench.
Socceroos forward Mitchell Duke nodded his side into the lead on 23 minutes.
He would take a whack just eight minutes later while challenging for a header, however, and was left in a crumpled heap on the turf.
The ball was swiftly thrown back onto the pitch, hitting Duke’s head.
He quickly rose to his feet to confront the culprit, who was revealed to have been none other than Hannibal.
The midfielder appeared a little sheepish as the 6ft 1in target man came stomping his way.
But Duke appeared to take an apparent apology from Hannibal in good grace, with the pair shaking hands after the former received a ticking off from the referee.
The incident didn’t go unnoticed by Man United fans online.
One wrote: “I didn’t think Man Utd could find a bigger s***house than Bruno Fernandes but Hannibal Mejbri might just be worse.
“What a prat but you love to see it.”
A second joked: “We have a Roy Keane 2.0 bro.”
And a third quipped: “Hannibal Mejbri randomly deciding to pick fights even when he’s on the bench will never not be funny.”
A fourth wrote: “Hannibal Mejbri is a menace.”
Another added: “Man I love Hannibal Mejbri.”
Hannibal gained notoriety towards the end of last season after his Prem cameo against Liverpool, when Gary Neville praised him for a scything foul on Naby Keita.
He has made three first team appearances in total for the Red Devils, adding another 15 pro outings so far at Birmingham this term.
Remarkably this World Cup is already Hannibal’s THIRD international tournament as a senior pro.
The 20-cap star featured at last year’s Fifa Arab Cup, before making a pair of appearances at January’s Africa Cup of Nations.
He made his World Cup debut against Denmark this week, coming on for the last ten minutes of the 0-0 draw.
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