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​Zidane Iqbal opens up on dream debut for Man Utd

Manchester United youngster Zidane Iqbal admits his debut for the club was beyond his wildest dreams.

The 18-year-old, who is set to become a senior Iraqi international, came on during the 88th minute of United's Champions League group stage dead rubber against Young Boys in December.

Iqbal, who was born and raised a few miles from Old Trafford, made his debut alongside his close friend Charlie Savage.

"I found out the day before, when the coach came up to me and he was like 'you're not going to be involved with the Under-19s,'" Zidane recalled to the United website.

"I was kind of surprised. Then he said 'you're going to be with the first team'.

"Loads of emotions burst through my body and, as soon as the conversation was over with my coach, I quickly contacted my mum, my dad, my brother. I was like, 'look, there's a good chance I could be playing for the first team tomorrow.'"

"I knew where they were sat. I knew where my friends were, where my parents were and my family," Iqbal added.

"My mates got near the tunnel at the start, gave me a couple of high-fives before I ran out and then ran back to their seats. At the end of the game, I gave them a little thumbs-up.

"The nerves were crazy. Seeing all the fans watching the game, even when I was warming up, shouting your name and all the singing. It was everything I dreamed of and more, really.

"It was an amazing feeling. I've been dreaming of that day since I was a kid and for it to finally come true was amazing.

"Honestly, if I could describe that feeling I would but it's very hard to describe."


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