With a name like Zidane, it’s easy to stand out. Manchester United youngster Zidane Iqbal is doing his best to try and become a star in his own right.

Iqbal, 18, is on the right track. He scored an impressive long range goal in Manchester United’s UEFA Youth League win over Atalanta.

It is just mid-October, and Iqbal has already managed to now score in four different competitions this season.

  • Iqbal has scored in the Premier League 2 for the under-23s, netting a winner from the edge of the box against Brighton
  • He curled in a shot from the edge of the area against Sunderland for United’s under-21s in the EFL Trophy
  • Iqbal netted for Iraq’s under-23 side during the recent international break.
  • Most recently he fired in a shot from outside the box against Atalanta in the UEFA Youth League.
Manchester United v Atalanta: Group F - UEFA Youth League
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Bright talent stepping up

Last season Iqbal was playing as part of Manchester United’s under-18s side. Only injury denied him playing more frequently, but he was a key player when he did feature.

Iqbal struck six goals for the side, a figure he is already halfway towards at club level this season so far.

United’s coaches will be delighted with his progress since stepping up a level this season.

 

Iqbal has played 13 club games already this season including seven at league level for the under-23s. The rest have come in the EFL Trophy and UEFA Youth League.

It’s not easy to stand out amid the glut of talent at United in the academy right now. Shola Shoretire leads the way in midfield, along with Hannibal, and also Isak Hansen-Aaroen, but Iqbal holds his own too and is an exciting prospect.

Iqbal is an attack minded central midfielder who may find it tricky to force his way into the first team amid all the quality competition at his level and in front of him. Even so, he is giving it his best shot and making sure he gets noticed.

If Iqbal continues like this then there is a strong chance he gets the chance to train with the first team between now and the end of the season, where he will then be able to show Ole Gunnar Solskjaer what he is capable of.

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