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Hannibal Mejbri admits he is scared to talk to Cristiano Ronaldo

Tom Gott
Hannibal is enjoying working alongside Ronaldo
Hannibal is enjoying working alongside Ronaldo / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages
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Manchester United youngster Hannibal Mejbri has admitted he is so in awe of team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo that he is still too scared to talk to him.

Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford hasn't exactly gone as well as United had hoped. The goals haven't been as plentiful and the 37-year-old has been the subject of numerous reports of dressing-room disputes.

Ronaldo also voiced his frustration towards United's young players earlier this season, insisting they should be working harder to make the breakthrough.

Those comments do not appear to have upset Hannibal as the 19-year-old told Onze Mondial that life alongside Ronaldo is a dream come true.

"With Cristiano, it's a very, very high level," he said. "It's amazing. You can sense his experience, because he might not put the most work in, but when you have to score the goal to win, he will.

"He's always there when you need him. He'll be decisive for life. I was surprised to see everything he is capable of doing.

"In person, he's so impressive. In front of goal, he's unbelievable. He's also a really nice team-mate. If you need, you can always ask him for tips, he'll make himself available. So will everyone else, but he stays distant unless you want him. It's Cristiano, after all. I don't even know how to talk to him. I'm scared. I have no idea how to talk to him.

"I've watched him on television ever since I was kid, and now, to be with him, it's special. I'm living through something exceptional. I'm training with one of the greatest in the history of football. I'm learning all the time. I look at everything he does. I look at what he drinks. I do everything like him."

Hannibal is yet to feature for United's senior team this season but made it on to the bench for February's 1-1 draws with Southampton and Atletico Madrid.

He is expected to be in and around Ralf Rangnick's squad for the remainder of the season, having already proven to be too good for youth football.

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