Remember the name, Zidane Iqbal

18-year old Zidane Iqbal has become the first player of British Asian origin to play for the club after coming off the bench in the draw against Manchester United.

When you hear the name of Zidane Iqbal, you will naturally make the connection of a certain Zinedine Zidane, but Manchester United’s equivalent ‘Zizou’ comes in the form of their academy graduate who is a British-Pakistani with an Iraqi mum.

At just 18, Iqbal has caught the attention of football observers with his performances for The Red Devils’ reserve side. Playing for local side Sale United between 2007-2012, Zidane Iqbal was able to fulfill any boys dream, playing for his local Premier League team, and in the case of Zidane it was 20-time Premier League champions Manchester United.

Having seen, the 18-year old play on several occasions at youth level, it’s clear to see that he is a well rounded midfielder. One comparison, I would make is that Zidane Iqbal is in the mould of one Donny Van De Beek.

Comparison’s is one of the most easiest things to do and no doubt the most annoying, but Zidane Iqbal, quite clearly has bags of talent and is able to play in different positions, like a certain VDB can. He too has an eye for goal, the 18-year old Zidane has already scored for Iraq U-23, having only made just three appearances for the national side.

A very capable box to midfielder and able to play as a number 10 too, it’s clear to see the future is bright for Zidane. On Wednesday 8/12/2021, not only will the man himself, not forget this day, but neither will the many Asian’s who aspire to dream about becoming professional and even becoming professional at England’s most successful side (domestically) Manchester United.


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