How Man Utd could line up against Crystal Palace with Zidane Iqbal, 19, pushing for spot after wowing Erik ten Hag | The Sun
ZIDANE IQBAL could be handed his first Manchester United start for their penultimate game in Australia after impressing boss Erik ten Hag.
The 19-year-old is in line to be named in the line-up against Crystal Palace on Tuesday following his cameos in the wins over Liverpool and Melbourne Victory.
Red Devils fans have lauded the midfielder's displays during pre-season as they likened him to namesake Zinedine.
Iqbal, who signed a long-term contract at Old Trafford last month, made his first team against Young Boys in the Champions League in December.
And the Iraq international could now be handed a spot in Ten Hag's starting XI for their clash with the Eagles at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Here SunSport takes a look at how United face Patrick Vieira's men.
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David Ge Gea could be recalled to the line-up at the expense of Tom Heaton after missing out against Melbourne due to a minor injury.
Diogo Dalot may keep his spot at right-back ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, with Luke Shaw to yet again keep new recruit Tyrell Malacia out of the team on the opposite side.
Raphael Varane was another high-profile star to miss out on the 4-1 victory against Victory with a little knock.
But he is expected to be fit to start against Palace, where he could partner Harry Maguire in the heart of defence.
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Should Iqbal be selected from the start, he could play alongside Fred in the middle of the pitch.
Portuguese ace Bruno Fernandes would then feature in his usual advanced role.
Jadon Sancho could keep his spot on the right wing for the third consecutive match, with Marcus Rashford to replace Anthony Elanga down the left channel.
And Anthony Martial, who has scored in both pre-season matches so far, is likely to once again be tasked with leading the line.
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