MU’s most famous young star: Idol Ozil, learn Frenkie to play football

29 Jan 2022 | 13:47 | Football

 Zidane Iqbal is a pioneer in combining Man United with Asian English players. He idolizes Mesut Ozil, learns from Frenkie de Jong and is an Iraqi international.

Cristiano Ronaldo is MU’s most requested interview by the media and the second is a Manchester-born teenager who only signed his first professional contract last year.

Idolising Mesut Ozil and studying Frenkie de Jong: The making of Zidane Iqbal at Manchester United - Bóng Đá

 Man United interview Zidane.

Zidane Iqbal was the name that made United receive countless interview requests via email and phone calls , and the club decided to conduct an internal interview with the player before he was first called up. into the Iraqi national team. In midweek, Iqbal came on for Iraq against Iran to become the 32nd player in the current United squad to play for the national team.

Iqbal was one of seven substitutes in the World Cup qualifying match at Azari Stadium. He was on the pitch in the 82nd minute, when the home team once again lost to their great rival Iran. Iqbal wrote on his Instagram page: ” Nice to debut with the team regardless of the result.”

Iqbal was born in Sale to a Pakistani father and an Iraqi mother. Sources say Iqbal’s family has turned down many commercial opportunities to stay focused on their son’s development. A lucrative offer to join a major club in the United Arab Emirates was also turned down last year. Iqbal grew up idolizing Mesut Ozil and is currently studying Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

Idolising Mesut Ozil and studying Frenkie de Jong: The making of Zidane Iqbal at Manchester United - Bóng Đá

 Zidane on MU’s debut

United discovered Iqbal at Sale United, where he was also watched by scouts from Man City and Liverpool, initially joining United’s development center before moving to the club’s academy at the age of nine age. Iqbal signed his first professional contract in April and the original plan was for him to be promoted to the U23 team. Eight months later, Iqbal was kept at Carrington, under personal guidance by Ralf Rangnick in preparation for his debut against the Young Boys. Instead of dining before the game at the Hyatt, Iqbal, Shola Shoretire, Charlie Savage and Bjorn Hardley ate with Rangnick in the Carrington canteen, before they made their Reds debut.

Rangnick took 45 minutes to conduct the post-match press conference. Many players had already left the stadium, when Rangnick passed through the south stand to notice two players standing outside his office. It was Iqbal and Savage. They were waiting to thank him.