Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lays out first-team plan for wonderkid Hannibal Mejbri

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is preparing to fast-track youngster Hannibal Mejbri straight into the Man Utd first-team next season, according to MEN.

The 17-year-old has impressed in United's youth set-up since being signed by Monaco for £9million in the summer, and there are already high hopes for his future.

United already have a vast array of talent at their disposal in centre-midfield, but Mejbri could get a look in for the senior side as one of Solskjaer's fringe players.

Mejbri has been a regular in the under-18s, and even made an appearance for the under-23s earlier this season.

Several of United's more promising youth stars have also been pushing for the first team, but they now look set to go out on loan, making a space which could be filled by Mejbri.

James Garner, Ethan Laird, Dylan Levitt, Largie Ramazani and Ethan Galbraith are all expected to go on loan next term, having completed a season in the under-23s already.

Mejbri would then step up to fill one of the under-23 slots left by their temporary departures, along with Charlie McCann and Mark Helm (both 18).

However Mejbri could also be used as the sixth-choice midfielder in Solskjaer's ranks, which would offer him opportunities to impress, most likely in the Europa League or domestic cups.

Solskjaer currently has Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic to choose from in the middle of the park.

He also has Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard who can occupy a central midfield position, though both look increasingly likely to be sold this summer.

Given United's injury problems this season – namely to Pogba and McTominay – Mejbri stands a solid chance of experiencing a taste of first-team action next season.

McTominay himself has trod a similar route from the youth team, making just two appearances in his debut season, followed by 17 the next, and is now an established first-team star.

Solskjaer is now looking at Mejbri to follow McTominay's path, after receiving glowing reports from United's youth coaches – including under-18s boss Neil Ryan.

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