‘I won’t regret’ – Manchester United’s Zidane Iqbal wants to impress | Manchester United

Zidane Iqbal has said he is determined to seize any opportunity Erik ten Hag gives him at Manchester United after impressing during the club’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia.

The 19-year-old, who featured in the second half of the 4-0 win over Liverpool and 4-1 over Melbourne Victory last week, thinks this may be the only chance to make his mark and admits that he would make a decision. the ‘pros and cons’ of a loan spell for the 2022-23 season.

Iqbal, who has played for Iraq twice, made his debut as a late substitute in the Champions League draw with Young Boys last December and when asked about his desire and style of play, he said: “I said to myself: ‘ This may be the only chance I get in the first team.”

“It’s been part of my game since I was young; always want the ball. I just do what I do and what the intention is, will be. I won’t regret it. I’ll just try to do my best on the field and leave it to God. I want to thank the fans for showing all the love and support lately. It’s a great feeling.

“I grew up loving this club. I’ve been playing here since I was eight or nine. To play in front of 90,000 people [in Bangkok] is something I dreamed of. Playing against Victory and against Liverpool, even in the Champions League, is hard to describe. [But] if an opportunity arose to go on loan, I would weigh the pros and cons. It’s too early to say at this point. Let’s see what the future has in store.”

Iqbal is enjoying the two week journey. “There is definitely a good atmosphere around the team,” he said. “It’s a new manager, early doors, but the ideas he has given us, two good results, everyone is happy in training. Everyone gives 100%, that’s the best atmosphere.”

Iqbal in action against Melbourne Victory on Friday
Iqbal in action against Melbourne Victory on Friday. Photo: Ash Donelon/Manchester United/Getty Images

Iqbal is not concerned about greater scrutiny because of his heritage. “Of course not many South Asians play [he has a Pakistani father and an Iraqi mother] but if you are good enough I believe you will make it wherever you come from. I don’t pay too much attention to it. But yeah, there’s a lot more people watching what I’m doing because they can’t understand it, but kind of [have an interest].

“I’m just trying to continue my journey. I will always give 100% on training and competitions. If I inspire people along the way, that’s great.”

Meanwhile, Luke Shaw thinks United have already gotten better under Ten Hag. “Especially in training, it’s definitely a big improvement,” said the left-back. “And even in the games, I think you can see things that you probably haven’t seen before, so there are things to look forward to.

“The manager knows what the team needs and he has his own style and how he wants to manage it… all the players have taken it on board and they are really enjoying it. He is very hands-on and takes a lot of the sessions. He is very involved in it and if he sees people not meeting the standards he wants in training he will make sure they know. That’s good, because he keeps the bar high.”

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