Young midfielder Zidane Iqbal has made a positive early impression on new Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag, report The Sun.
Iqbal, 19, trained as part of United’s first team squad in the first week of training under Ten Hag and his coaching staff.
The report claims Ten Hag was particularly impressed by Iqbal’s contribution. The teenager was part of United’s under-23 side last season.
Iqbal made his first team debut under Ralf Rangnick in the Champions League against Young Boys in December 2021.
Zidane Iqbal said to have impressed
Iqbal’s positive early impression under Ten Hag is an ideal start for him to get the 2022/23 campaign off to a strong start.
However, it does not necessarily mean he will be taken on pre-season tour, with places potentially limited.
United still have numerous players in front of Iqbal in the midfield queue, including James Garner and Hannibal among them, and potential new signing Christian Eriksen.
Iqbal has experience at international level already, making his Iraq debut in early 2022.
If he does get an opportunity to play on United’s tour, Iqbal will be determined to take it. Erik ten Hag has a proven track record of handing chances to academy players at Ajax.
Even if Iqbal does not play on tour, there are two more United friendly games at the end of July, just 24 hours apart, where he could get some action.
The young midfielder may also hope to get into the squad for Europa League games, with the tournament proving useful for academy players to get first team action the last time United were in the group stages in 2019.
Iqbal could end up being sent out on loan. The Athletic previously reported that he is expecting to go on loan potentially in January if not this summer. It will depend on what use, if any, Erik ten Hag finds for him.