Zidane Iqbal is determined to impress Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag.
He wants to seize any opportunity in the first team as he knows this is a golden chance to impress the Dutch manager before midfield reinforcements are signed.
The 19-year-old has caught the eye with his impressive displays in the pre-season games so far. He came off the bench in both of United’s friendlies against Liverpool and Melbourne Victory.
Despite being only 19, Iqbal didn’t look out of place against the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita and Fabinho.
The youngster hopes to continue his good form in the upcoming matches.
On being asked about his impact on United’s pre-season tour, he said (as per the Daily Mail): “This could be the only chance I get in the first team.
“It has been part of my game since I was young, always wanting the ball. I just do what I do and whatever is meant to be will be. I will have no regrets.
“I will just try to do my best on the pitch and leave it up to God really. I would like to thank the fans for showing me all the love and support recently. It is an amazing feeling. Thank you.”
Destined for a bright future
Zidane Iqbal is an academy graduate of Manchester United who made his senior debut against Young Boys in a Champions League match in December 2021.
Erik ten Hag included several academy players in his 31-man squad for the pre-season but Iqbal has impressed the most with his performances so far.
He made some composed passes and dictated the tempo of proceedings against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. He also showed his great technical ability on the ball.
On the back of his recent performances, no one would be surprised if he makes his way into the senior team.
The 19-year-old is full of potential and he is destined for a bright future.
Manchester United’s midfield looks in need of reinforcements after the departures of several players this summer.
Erik ten Hag may decide to keep the youngster for the upcoming season. However, it is only a matter of time before Frenkie de Jong will join the Red Devils despite delays over outstanding payments owed to him by Barcelona.
And if that happens, Iqbal will most likely be loaned out to another club, which would make sense as he needs to gain vital experience at this stage of his career.
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