Angelo Henriquez scored his first senior goal for Manchester United against AIK tonight in the last game of this year’s pre-season tour.
The 19-year-old Chilean striker was in the right place at the right time to expertly tap in a fizzing cross from Wilfried Zaha after great work from the winger.
Henriquez has made it a bit of a habit to score on his debut. He did it with the U21s against Newcastle, on loan at Wigan against Sunderland and on international duty with Chile against Serbia.
It wasn’t a surprise to see Henriquez given his chance by David Moyes after his impressive summer away with the U20s Chile side as they competed in the U20 World Cup in Turkey.
A brilliant brace in the quarter final against Ghana, despite his side going on to lose 3-2, was his personal highlight and showcased his natural instincts in front of goal.
In many respects, Henriquez is very similar to Hernandez given his prowess in the 18 yard box and his goal against AIK showed David Moyes that.
Despite his impressive record at taking opportunities when given them, he will find his game time severely limited at United this year if he wants first team football. He could play an integral role for Warren Joyce’s U21s but his goalscoring ability seems to suggest the experience of a loan move would serve him well.
A loan move is yet to materialise but Henriquez admitted that he would be keen to look elsewhere to secure regular first team action. Let’s just hope that if a move does happen it would be more beneficial than his last loan spell at Wigan where he spent the majority of his time there on the bench.