He’s a tremendous talent: Sir Alex expects bright future for Manchester United new-boy Angelo Henriquez

By Dean Wilkins

Promising Chile striker Angelo Henriquez is being hailed as a ‘tremendous talent’ by Sir Alex Ferguson after Manchester United confirmed the signing of him yesterday.

The 18-year-old Under-23 international joined from Universidad de Chile with a reputation as a potent goal scorer and has been scouted by Fergie for four years.

And although it is unlikely he will squeeze his way into the first team initially, the boss revealed that the new No. 21 could be used as a weapon in the Capital One Cup.

“We scouted him when he was 14 years old and just monitored him,” Sir Alex told Inside United. “When he turned 18, we knew we could take him – it’s the first time we can sign them in this country, at 18, and so we were very fortunate the Chile Under-20s were over here.

“They were in tournaments at the Milk Cup [in Northern Ireland] and over in Holland.

“We watched all the games and everyone said: ‘You need to bring him in’.

“He’s very quick and a good finisher. He’s strong, with great shoulders on him for a boy of 18. So hopefully he’ll do fine.”

And after a busy transfer window for United, Fergie is keen to begin developing the youngster’s future at the club – much to the delight of Henriquez.

“I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world,” he said. “Manchester United is a great team and has a great manager.

“To be able to be part of that is a huge honour and I can’t wait to get started.  I hope I can be part of many successful years with United.”

Sir Alex added: “Angelo has made a tremendous impact on the game in his short career so far. His pace is a great asset and he reads the game really well for someone of such a young age.

“We have a proud record of developing young talent and Angelo fits the profile of a United player – skilful, attacking and someone who plays the game with real flair.”

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