Zidane Iqbal wants to leave Man United on loan this month – though he may not get his wish…
Over the summer, it looked like the Manchester United youth production line had been ramped up to full speed.
Alejandro Garnacho, Charlie Savage and Zidane Iqbal were looking like shining lights. It was the latter, in particular, who impressed me the most.
Since then, we’ve barely seen Zidane. He’s been a regular in first-team training, though hasn’t seen much on-field action at all. The Pakistani-born-Mancunian needs minutes if he’s to continue progressing as a footballer.
Now, according to the Manchester Evening News, the United youngster is ‘keen’ to leave on loan. Seemingly, the player wants to be given the opportunity for minutes on a regular basis.
However, right now, Erik ten Hag is ‘reluctant’ to sanction the deal to allow Zidane to leave. The Dutchman doesn’t want to be left short in midfield, in case injury strikes.
The problem? United’s elimination from the EFL Cup limits Zidane’s minutes to purely U21 starts – a level he’s just too good for.
Staff at United think it’s beneficial to keep Zidane training with the first-team for the remainder of the season, then allowing him to leave on a season-long loan when the summer comes around.
Honestly, that feels like a pretty smart plan. Before going out on loan, Zidane should stay with United during pre-season and play on tour once again, as he’s been mightily impressive at that in the past.
You look at how well loans have been for the likes of Amad, Alvaro Fernandez and Ethan Laird this term. No doubt Zidane is hoping to follow suit, then, come back to United in the summer of 2024 with a genuine shot at becoming a first-team regular here in Manchester.
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