Zidane Iqbal vows he has ‘no regrets’ as the teenager continues to impress in pre-season
- Zidane Iqbal had a chance to impress at Man United last season
- He is determined to make the most of his chance with the senior team
- Iqbal wants to show that he belongs up front in the first team
- He hasn’t ruled out going on loan if he feels he will be fighting for playing time
Iqbal has only made one brief replacement appearance for the senior squad in competitive matches, but he has featured in the second half of both United’s pre-season friendlies so far.
The 19-year-old has caught the eye and doesn’t seem out of place when he likes to play at players FabinhoThiago Alcantara and Naby Keita during United’s 4-0 win over Liverpool. Iqbal hopes to continue making his mark and insists he will have “no regrets”.
Zidane Iqbal has impressed in the squad’s midfield in pre-season for Manchester United
He hopes to prove that he belongs in Erik ten Hag’s plans for the future
“I said to myself, ‘This might be the only chance I get in the first team,'” he told reporters during United’s pre-season tour of Australia.
“Ever since I was young it was part of my game to always want the ball. I just do what I do and what should be will be. I will have no regrets.
“I’ll just try to do my best on the pitch and really leave it to God. I want to thank the fans for showing me all their love and support lately. It’s an incredible feeling. Many Thanks.’
Iqbal has graduated from United’s academy and recently signed a contract extension to keep him at Old Trafford until 2025.
However, he hasn’t ruled out leaving the club on loan if he feels his options will be limited this season.
“I grew up loving this club. I’ve played here since I was eight or nine years old. Play in front of 90,000 people [in Bangkok]. That’s what I dreamed of,” he added.
Iqbal has felt right at home with the United side and is enjoying the club’s pre-season tour
“To play against Victory and against Liverpool, even in the Champions League. It’s hard to describe. [But] If an opportunity to borrow arose, I would weigh the pros and cons. It’s too early to tell at the moment. See what the future holds.’
With United racking up back-to-back resounding victories last pre-season, Iqbal has claimed the mood within the squad is upbeat, while insisting he doesn’t feel any extra pressure to succeed despite being one of only South Asian top-flight footballers.
He continued, “There is definitely a good vibe in the team. It’s a new manager, early doors but the ideas he gave us, two good results, everyone is happy in training. Everyone gives 100%, that’s the best atmosphere.
“Obviously not many South Asians play, but if you’re good enough, I believe you can do it no matter where you’re from. I don’t pay too much attention to it.
“I’m just trying to continue my journey. Whatever is meant to be. I will always give 100 percent in practice and in games. When I inspire people in the process, that’s awesome.”