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Butt eager to protect Man Utd whiz Hannibal Mejbri

Manchester United academy chief Nicky Butt is eager to ease the expectations around Hannibal Mejbri.

Mejbri was signed from Monaco aged 16 in the summer for a fee that could reach £9.3m.

"It's hard to get him under the radar when we've chased him for so long and he's come from a big club for a big fee, so that's impossible," Butt told Sky Sports.

"But you want to get young people under the radar because, coming from a different country and getting the price tag in your head and coming to one of the biggest clubs in the world, there's going to be so much pressure in the first place.

"I've got a 16-year-old kid who, I would hate that pressure on their shoulders, but they have that and it'd be foolish to put them out there too soon, because you don't know what's around the corner. They're children.

"There is a long road to the first team and big bumps and some are going to do what Mason (Greenwood) or Marcus (Rashford) have done, some might go the Jesse (Lingard) way - going on loan five or six times and getting there.

"We've got some really good players that I believe will play for Man United. When, I don't know. But they will play for Man United and, yeah, some of them have been brought through the ranks from seven, eight, nine or 10."

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