Hannibal Mejbri has named four current or former Manchester United players that he will look to emulate at Old Trafford, including midfielder Paul Pogba.
The French youngster secured a move to Old Trafford yesterday in a deal worth a reported €10m, ‘subject to FIFA approval’.
Mejbri, who played for Paris FC and AC Boulogne-Billancourt at youth level, is regarded as one of the top young talents in French football.
The 16-year-old has signed a five-year deal at United and will initially join up with one of the Red Devils’ youth teams.
On current and former players he has looked up to, Mejbri told Le Parisien: “There is of course Pogba. In terms of the older ones, [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [David] Beckham and [Eric] Cantona. When I went to Manchester, all that people would talk to me about was him.
“Over there, he is considered a king, whilst in France, he does not possess the same aura.”
On whether he is concerned about moving to England at such a young age, Mejbri added: “No, it does not scare me. My parents will always be by my side to accompany me. On the pitch, you just have to speak football.
“And off of it, there is the language, but that I will just have to learn. Their accent is a bit difficult, but I have started well in English so it should be fine. I will also have to get used to the climate.
“But we feel that Manchester is a town that eats and breathes football, it is lovely.”