At a press conference this morning in Carrington, Sir Alex has adamantly confirmed that the signing of 18-year-old Universidad de Chile striker Angelo Henriquez will be the last transfer for United this summer.
“We definitely won’t be buying anyone else. There is no movement about anyone going the other way.” – Sir Alex Ferguson
As always, I’ll take this statement with a pinch of salt because we all know how wily Sir Alex can be. We have been strongly linked with a move for 22-year-old Pachucha midfielder Hector Herrera and with multiple reports emerging from Mexico that a deal would involve a loan move back to the club until the Mexican league finishes in December, it could potentially still be on the cards.
The signing of the young striker comes three years after United initially had him over for a trial but his signature was wrapped up swiftly in order to secure his services.
Sir Alex said: “Henriquez is on his way back to Manchester. He had to go back to Chile.
“He came over when he was 15 and 16. We kept in close contact with him and, when he got to 18, it was a matter of whether or not we left him for another year or decided to get him in.
“But he had such a good summer, that we decided to bring him in.”
The boss has also been keen to praise the attributes of the young Chilean and if Hernandez is anything to by, there are high hopes for the lad.
He said: “He’s quick, a good finisher and he has a terrific physique for a boy of 18.”
His signing becomes the fifth in what has been an incredibly busy summer for United. Henriquez will join Buttner, van Persie, Powell and Kagawa in the squad as we look to rebuild after cruelly losing out on the Premier League title to City on goal difference.
The strength in depth in our squad is now looking fantastic. Against Everton, our bench had notched up 83 assists between them since 2008 (a nice little stat).
In the league, the strength of your bench is as important as the quality of your starting line-up and with five new signings, our squad is looking much stronger than it did last season.