Erik ten Hag appears to make final decision on Man Utd duo involved in training fight
Alex Telles and Hannibal Mejbri battled at Carrington after Manchester United’s 4-0 thrashing at Brighton last season, and it appears that one of the two will be going.
Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, appears to have taken a decisive decision on Alex Telles and Hannibal Mejbri’s immediate futures following their fierce training field brawl in May.
Telles and feisty teenage sensation Hannibal Mejbri battled at Carrington after Man United’s 4-0 thrashing at Brighton in the season’s final match, and had to be separated by teammates. The event so disappointed then-boss Ralf Rangnick that he cancelled the training session.
Ten Hag took over from Rangnick at United shortly after and inherited the problem, although the Dutchman was clear on his answer from the start, according to Mirror Sport.
Ten Hag’s aim was to offload Telles while keeping Mejbri at United, and the left-back is now on the verge of signing a year-long loan deal with Sevilla, where Anthony Martial spent last season.
Telles joined United from Porto in 2020 in a £15.4 million move, but he struggled to make the left-back position his his, with Luke Shaw generally overshadowing him throughout his two seasons at the club.
The recent addition of Tyrell Malacia has made things even more difficult for Telles, who has only started one of United’s six preseason games this summer. He’ll be hoping to make an impression in Spain this season in order to secure a permanent move to the club or abroad.
Meanwhile, Mejbri looks to have received assurances about his future and has recently committed to give his best this season to assist Manchester United turn things around after a catastrophic season.
“I told myself, ‘Oh yeah, I’ve got to work hard!'” Hannibal explained to Pro-Direct Soccer France. “I didn’t come here only to say on my resume, ‘I played for United.’ I came to show the world that a young Parisian from the neighborhood can come and assert himself. And as for me, I’m willing to put everything on the line in order to succeed at United.”
This isn’t the only issue Ten Hag has faced since taking over as United manager after Cristiano Ronaldo stated his desire to go for a club competing in the Champions League.
Ten Hag has failed to settle this issue, despite Ronaldo being named to Man United’s bench for their season opener against Brighton this weekend.