Zidane Iqbal: I hope to get a chance among Manchester United stars

Zidane Iqbal: I hope to get a chance among Manchester United stars

The young player won the confidence of his coach Ten Hag in the Asian tour, but he will not mind going out on loan to gain more experience.


Monday – 26 Dhu al-Hijjah 1443 AH – 25 July 2022 AD Issue No. [
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Zidane Iqbal penetrates the defense of the Melbourne team during his participation with United in the Asian tour (AP)

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Iraqi youngster Zidane Iqbal has confirmed that he is determined to take any opportunity handed to him by Manchester United Dutch coach Eric Ten Hag after his remarkable brilliance in the team’s tour of Thailand and Australia in preparation for the new season. .
The 19-year-old, who played in the second half of Manchester United’s 4-0 win over Liverpool last week and the game in which Manchester United beat Melbourne Victory by four goals to one, and during the second half also against Aston Villa (2 – 2), that this may be the only opportunity he gets to make his mark on the pitch, and admits that he will study the “pros and cons” of moving in the 2022-2023 season to ‘ another club to borrow. if he doesn’t get the opportunity to play with United.
Iqbal, who was born in Manchester and has two caps for the Iraqi national team, made his debut for Manchester United’s first team as a substitute against the Young Boys in the Champions League last December, and when asked about it and his style of play , he replied “I told myself this might be the only chance I get with the first team,” he said.
He added: “Since I was young, I played in a way based on my constant desire to have the ball. I only do what I’m good at and the things I’m supposed to do. I will have no regrets, I will just try to do my best on the pitch and leave it to God. I want to thank the fans for showing me so much love and support lately, it feels so amazing.”
He continued: “I grew up loving this club, and I’ve been playing here since I was eight or nine years old. Playing in front of 90,000 spectators (in Bangkok) is something I’ve always dreamed of. Playing against Melbourne Victory, against Liverpool and even in the Champions League is hard to describe. But if I had the opportunity to go on loan, I would weigh the pros and cons. Now it’s too early to say anything about it, because nobody knows what the future holds.”
Iqbal is enjoying the team’s two-week overseas trip. “There is definitely a good feeling about this team, there is a new manager and new opportunities, but the ideas he gave us and the good result we got in the friendly matches we played, everyone makes happy in training. Everyone is doing their best and is 100 percent focused, which is the best possible atmosphere to play in.”
Iqbal is not worried about his background to focus more on him. “Obviously there are not many South Asians playing here (his father is Pakistani and mother is Iraqi), but if you are good enough, I think you will achieve success no matter where,” he says. where you came from. I don’t pay much attention to this matter.”
“I’m just trying to complete my journey, and I will always give 100 percent of my energy and focus in practices and matches. It’s great to be an inspiration to some along the way.”
It is clear that Zidane Iqbal and team-mate Charlie Savage, who have been promoted from the youth group to the team, have enjoyed their first experience on United’s Asian tour. The pair, who made their debut in last season’s Champions League game against The Young Boys, played together in midfield during the 4-0 win over Liverpool in the opening game of the new season.
The victory over the Liverpool team in particular has a special taste for the promising players, and Iqbal says: “We faced a strong Liverpool team and we came out victorious.
He added: “The support and love from the fans in Bangkok and Melbourne has been fantastic. Every time we go to practice we are in the lobby or games and the fans around us support us, I just want to thank them, we know it is difficult for them to watch games in England because of the time difference but I just really want to say thank you from everyone.”
Savage said: “It was a really nice experience in Thailand and Melbourne, the fans were amazing. For me it is an honor to be in the games and to win.”
Ten Hag continued to push the youngsters as he had at Ajax Amsterdam, and during United’s Asian tour he pushed around 10 young players alongside the experienced players in the hope of achieving a viable mix that will be at full strength next season can compete. “The coach pushes us forward, it’s the first time I’ve really experienced that among the big guys, and in strong rugby matches,” says Savage.
Meanwhile, Luke Shaw believes Manchester United have already improved under Ten Hag, with the England left-back saying: “There’s a big improvement, especially in training. Even in games I think you can see things you might not have seen before, so there are things to look forward to.”
“The manager knows what the team needs, he has his own style, he knows how to manage things, all the players are happy and they enjoy it a lot. He works in a very practical way, and holds many sessions. He cares about everything, and if he sees someone not meeting the standards he wants in training, he doesn’t hesitate to tell him. It’s good because it always sets the required standards high.”


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