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Man Utd whiz Hannibal Mejbri: Coach Wood has improved me

Manchester United midfielder Hannibal Mejbri says he's expanded his positional versatility this past season.

Speaking to United's official website, Hannibal gave thanks to U23s boss Neil Wood for teaching him a number of different roles across midfield and attack in the past two seasons.

“I'm grateful to him [Wood] for that as it's thanks to him that I've been able to learn how to play in a different position," said the Tunisia international.

“I'm a bit more versatile now. I used to be able to play in and around the centre of midfield, now I play on the left, a bit on the right and even a bit further forward.

“So I thank him for what he has done, because if I want to play in the first team, I'm not always guaranteed to play in my usual position. I need to offer some alternatives to make it easier for the manager to play me."

He added: “Moving to Manchester United from a club in France, a very decent club all the same, in Monaco, well it's another level.

“The game is quicker, more physical and more technical too, so you had to raise your game pretty quickly in order to be able to settle into the group.

“I think it was my family who helped me a lot because it's not easy at all moving to another country. So they were a massive help to me. We've had French players at the club and also the coaches who've helped me too. Everyone has helped me and been great with me. All the staff at the club have always been there for me. And I thank them all for that.

“I think I'm fully settled in now. We do a lot more strength work in the gym but that's all fine. I've adapted well I think, and everyone has helped me to do that."

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