Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, has demonstrated his decisive approach by parting ways with players involved in a training ground altercation that occurred just before he assumed leadership.
Cristiano Ronaldo is not the sole player whose conduct resulted in an exit from the club; two individuals engaged in a training ground dispute, namely Alex Telles and Hannibal Mejbri, have now moved on.
The incident unfolded shortly before Ten Hag officially took charge, during Ralf Rangnick’s tenure.
The disagreement took place following United’s disheartening 4-0 loss to Brighton at the end of the previous season, under interim coach Rangnick.
Although Ten Hag was not at the helm during that period, he learned of Rangnick’s dissatisfaction, leading him to conclude the training session prematurely.
Upon assuming managerial duties, one of Ten Hag’s initial actions was to send Telles on loan to Sevilla, securing Tyrell Malacia as a replacement left-back.
Subsequently, Hannibal, initially spared from departure, was later loaned to Birmingham City for the remainder of the 2022/23 campaign.
A year later, both players find themselves playing elsewhere, with Telles making a permanent move to Al-Nassr in the Saudi Pro League in July.
Meanwhile, Hannibal is set for his second loan spell at Sevilla, the same club where his training ground counterpart ended up before being sold the following year.
Hannibal’s loan contract with Sevilla reportedly includes an option to purchase the Tunisia international on a permanent basis for £20 million, plus £3 million in add-ons.
Manchester United has prudently included both a buy-back option and a sell-on fee in the agreement, allowing flexibility for the player’s future.
While Hannibal made 10 appearances at the start of the season, the return of Mason Mount and Casemiro to the United midfield suggested limited first-team opportunities at Old Trafford.
Despite interest from Everton, United deemed Sevilla’s proposal more appealing, leading to Hannibal’s move to the Spanish club.