Angelo Henriquez settling swiftly at Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

Angelo Henriquez became Manchester United’s fifth signing of a busy summer when he joined for a reported fee of £3.5 million from Chilean outfit Universidad de Chile.

He scored on his U21s debut and had his first start for the squad away at Sunderland last week when Marnick Vermijl pulled up with an injury.

Touted as a very similar player to Javier Hernandez, the South American has been impressing U21s manager Warren Joyce so far despite it being such a big change for him.

Speaking to MUTV, Joyce said: “It’s a long-term project. Angelo is a great lad. He’s come to the country and fitted in well.

“He’s working hard in training but we had three forwards up there [at Sunderland] even if we didn’t play like that in the first half.

“It wasn’t just one up front – we had three forwards looking for rotations but we didn’t retain the ball long enough to get into positions where we could develop those situations.”

Henriquez has come to Manchester United at a really tough time for strikers to break through into the first team squad. With Rooney, van Persie, Hernandez and Welbeck all vying for two spots already, we have a plethora of attacking options before even looking at the youth squads.

However, his natural attacking instincts are already obvious to those that have watched him and Warren Joyce seems impressed enough.

Nobody expects him to have the sort of impact that Javier Hernandez did on his arrival but South Americans are really starting to stamp their impressions on Manchester United right now, so hopefully we will see more of the good progress from Henriquez in the weeks to come.

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