Zidane Iqbal surprised Ten Hag and will give him the opportunity to demonstrate in pre-season
Iqbal made his debut as a starter for the ‘Red Devils’ last season in a Champions League game against Young Boys
Zidane Iqbal, note this name. He is an Iraqi midfielder, trained in the lower categories of the Manchester United. Last season he made his first appearances for the first team and he didn’t disappoint, but the opening minutes of pre-season served to dazzle his new manager, Erik Ten Hag.
According ‘The sun’, The Dutch manager plans to start the player in the upcoming fixtures, in a bid to allow him to show he can compete for a place in the XI ahead of the official fixtures. Indeed, they insure their property in the match against crystal palace this Tuesday.
The footballer signed a contract with the club until summer 2025, when I’m 22.
“The Frosting on the Cake”
He is one of the rising stars in the world of football and we will see what his career has in store for us. His versatility saw him fill all midfield positions during his time with the Manchester team.
Fans compared him to his own Zinedine Zidane…and not just because of the name.
Iqbal’s first coach, Stewart Hamer, said after his debut against Young Boys last year: “It’s the icing on the cake for his time at the Academy… but hopefully it’s just the start of the ‘story.”
“Manchester United, City and Liverpool were close behind. It was so superior that it seemed unfair to the opposing team. There were even times when we played him as a goalie,” Stewart said.
The player wants to take advantage of this opportunity
The 19-year-old was instrumental in the 4-0 win against liverpool last week, as well as in the 4-1 win over Melbourne Victory and thinks it may be “the only chance to leave his mark”.
He also admits he would weigh the ‘pros and cons’ of a loan move for the 2022-23 season.