This season, Zidane Iqbal is anticipated to stay at Manchester United rather than leave on a temporary loan so he may accrue more playing time.
Erik ten Hag, according to the Daily Mail, thinks the 19-year-old will gain more from remaining at Old Trafford this season.
When playing against seasoned players like Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho in United’s 4-0 victory over Liverpool two weeks ago, Iqbal appeared to be very at ease.
A position 10 Hag who appeared in one of the double pivot positions is trying to strengthen this transfer window.
He caught the eye with his quick feet and tricky passes. The confidence with which he commanded the ball was his most impressive quality.
The youth academy product is undoubtedly one for the future but could find game-time hard to come by this season.
The Premier League giants are not giving up their pursuit of Frenkie de Jong. The arrival of the Dutch midfielder will only add to the competition in the center of the park.
Bruno Fernandes will likely start almost every game from his favored number 10 position.
This leaves two midfield slots open, which will see a battle between Fred, Scott McTominay, Christian Eriksen, and any new possible midfield reinforcements.
On that basis, Iqbal could benefit from a loan spell to accelerate his development. He will experience playing first-team football rather than just warming the bench at Old Trafford.
He made his Red Devils debut last season, coming off the bench against Young Boys in the Champions League. Since then, he has made his official debut for Iraq in World Cup qualifications against Iran.
Ten Hag is well aware that he is in charge of a significant task. He may like to field his best team in each matchday.
This would deny Iqbal regular first-team minutes. A loan transfer appears to be the best option for all parties.