Angelo Henriquez has settled into life at Manchester United now and feels that he is ready to try and push towards gaining his first team debut this season.
The 19-year-old Chilean striker had a great pre-season away at the U20 World Cup and he followed it up with a goal on United’s pre-season tour game in Stockholm before continuing his goalscoring form with the second against West Brom yesterday with the U21s.
And speaking to MUTV after the game, Henriquez he feels that he is now at home in Manchester after a tough settling in period.
“It’s always important for strikers to score to give you confidence,” he said.
“I’m feeling physically very well and did a good pre-season. I’m getting more minutes in the Reserves and I want some minutes in the first team.
“I must keep improving, keep working and am looking forward to getting in the first team – always.
“At first, it was a bit hard [here] but now I’m getting used to everything, like the weather and language. My team-mates received me very well and I’m very comfortable here. It feels like home.
“This season, I just need to play a lot of games and keep improving, be fit and keep scoring goals for the season. I hope to score a lot of goals.”
Henriquez is a real goal poacher and in many respects is similar to Hernandez. With four world class strikers in the first team, it is going to be difficult for the Chilean to be given game time but if he keeps scoring at the rate he is, Moyes will simply have to give him an opportunity.
As well as trying to break into the first team, Henriquez is helping fellow South American Guillermo Varela to settle at the club after he became David Moyes’ first signing this summer.
“He was like me when I’d just arrived,” he said.
“He doesn’t speak English and it’s a bit harder for him but he’s doing well on the pitch and that’s the most important thing.
“I try to help him a lot but my English is not very good. I do my best!”
Last season, Warren Joyce’s U21s really missed having a striker in the squad so Henriquez will play a vital role there if he doesn’t leave the club on loan.
He will get his first team debut in the cup games if he does stay and if he progresses at the current rate he is, he’ll be playing first team football sooner rather than later.