Manchester United youngster Zidane Iqbal was selected as a starter in last night’s friendly against Cadiz.

This itself was significant, and while United did not perform well as a team in the 4-2 loss, Iqbal played well.

He played an intricate one-two with Anthony Martial midway through the first half and was fouled inside the box, winning a penalty.

This burst of pace and eye for a pass showed his ability, following on from a series of strong displays in pre-season.

Iqbal has a chance to start in United’s upcoming Carabao Cup friendly later this month and did his chances no harm.

Cadiz CF v Manchester United: Friendly
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Iqbal performance praised

MUTV studio pundits Wes Brown and Paul Woolston both spoke highly of Iqbal after the game.

Woolston said that he felt Iqbal gave a good account of himself and repaid Erik ten Hag’s faith.

He remarked: “He’s took his chance. He’s on a different level at international and club level [now].

“The manager likes what he sees in him. When he gets his chance, he’s one of the brightest sparks in first half, he’s doing everything right.”

The 19-year-old is an Iraq international with two senior caps for his country so far. His Manchester United debut came a year ago today in the Champions League draw with Young Boys.

A year on he is making solid progress at club level, and with a number of first team stars away at the World Cup, it was important he did well.

Wes Brown told MUTV: “You have got to be a special player to break through in that position. He’s had a few chances and he’s shown glimpses what he’s capable of.

“He’s very young, the manager does like him, with experience you hopes he will be even better.

“He understands the game, makes things happen, got the penalty, he sees things on the pitch. He’s definitely one we will see a lot more of in the future.”

At the very least, Iqbal has done enough to earn more minutes in Saturday’s friendly match against Real Betis.

How he performs may determine how urgently Erik ten Hag rushes Christian Eriksen back to action after his World Cup elimination.

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