Posted in Asian News
December 8, 2021

Zidane Iqbal becomes Man Utd’s first British South Asian player

Dec 9 (SkySports) – Zidane Iqbal has become the first British South Asian footballer in Manchester United’s history after coming off the bench in the Champions League game against Young Boys.

The 18-year-old trained with the first team on Tuesday, before taking his place on the bench for Wednesday’s visit of the Swiss side, with qualification and top spot in Group F already secured.

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Iqbal – wearing shirt number 73 – came on in the closing stages of the game, replacing England international Jesse Lingard.

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The Manchester-born midfielder, who has Pakistani and Iraqi heritage, became the first British South Asian to pen pro terms at Old Trafford, in April, and is now the first footballer from the community to play for the club.

Speaking to MUTV after the game, Iqbal said: “It feels amazing, I’ve been working my whole life for this opportunity, it’s a dream come true, it’s just the start and hopefully I can keep pushing on.”

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