Zidane Iqbal scored a goal his namesake would have been proud of for Manchester United’s EFL Trophy team.
Iqbal’s Curler arrived at the Stadium of Light when the Manchester United U21s faced Sunderland.
Iqbal picked up the ball after a short corner, held on to shoot before turning the ball around former United youngster Jacob Carney into the top corner.
Iqbal’s goal was an equalizer between two Sunderland goals in the second half.
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Iqbal joined Charlie Savage as an attacking midfielder, while United played a more conventional 4-4-2 formation.
The goal was the reward for a strong individual performance after his low shot ricocheted off the post in the first half.
Joe Hugill also hit the post early after circling the goalkeeper and shooting from a difficult angle.
The goal was Iqbal’s second goal of the season for United U23s after beating Brighton in the league last month.
He also scored during the international break for Iraq’s U23s, in a game in which he led the team as captain.
Out of competition
United lost that game 2-1 to Sunderland and are now out of the competition.
The team had to do without the injured midfield talent Hannibal, the Slovak junior international Martin Svidersky, the Czech U21 goalkeeper Matej Kovar and Teden Mengi, who trained for England.
Dillon Hoogewerf is challenged by Sunderland captain Denver Hume (Photo by Stu Forster / Getty Images)
Mengi was on the team when United beat Bradford City 3-0 away last month, as did Shola Shoretire, who also missed that game because of an international engagement for England’s U19s.
United won one game and lost two, with players gaining valuable experience during the competition.
Charlie McNeill, Bjorn Hardley, Joe Hugill, Dillon Hoogewerf and Zidane Iqbal all scored goals in the competition while Charlie Savage claimed another goal which was eventually recorded as an own goal.
United brought in young striker Manni Norkett late on, who gave the 16-year-old a sneak peek at a more competitive level. A final equalizer would have resulted in penalty shoot-outs, but Sunderland held the victory.
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