Former Manchester United midfielder Zidane Iqbal has suffered a huge blow as FC Utrecht have decided to part company with their manager.

The Iraq midfielder departed the Old Trafford club this summer for a fee in the region of £700,000 plus a future sell-on clause.

After limited game time under Erik ten Hag, the midfielder departed Old Trafford as he sought out more game time. The midfielder seemed to impress Ten Hag during pre-season but didn’t receive any first-team chances under the former Ajax coach.

Whether the midfielder was hard done by during his time in the United first team remains to be seen but Iqbal’s future is now away from Old Trafford.

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Utrecht sack manager

The Dutch side have decided to part company with Michael Silberbauer after a run of poor results in the Eredivisie and the Dutch decision-makers have decided that he is no longer the right man to take the team forward.

Iqbal saw the opportunity of first-team football in Holland and decided that it was right for the midfielder to move on to pastures new.

United have a sell-on clause inserted when they sold the 20-year-old according to The Athletic, so if the midfielder ever did excel in the Dutch League then United could bring him back for a cut-price fee.

Iqbal’s United career

Iqbal made history in December 2021 when he appeared in the UEFA Champions League clash with Young Boys to become the first British South Asian to play for United.

The midfielder, sort of built in the mold of Barcelona midfielder and former United target Frenkie De Jong, has superb ability on the ball and his willingness to take players on in midfield meant he seemed to be the ideal Ten Hag player.

The 20-year-old had a slight build but that meant he could turn with the ball easily and evade the press which United could do with right now as their midfield options are seemingly thin on the ground.

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