Wigan secure loan deal for Man Utd striker Henriquez
Wednesday 02 January 2013
Manchester United youngster Angelo Henriquez is excited about his upcoming loan move to Wigan Athletic, The Daily Mail has reported.
Henriquez, 18, joined United in the summer for £4 million after making a name for himself in Chile with his boyhood club Universidad de Chile. He scored 15 goals in 28 games in the 2012 season, a statistic that lead to United activating their first-choice option in his contract and bringing the player to Old Trafford.
However, Henriquez has found it difficult to break into the first team, and Sir Alex Ferguson has allowed the youngster to join struggling Wigan for the rest of the season, a move the striker is hoping will pay off:
"This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I am really excited after the manager has given me this chance for me to prove myself. Now I need to work to try and earn my place in the team."
United's forward line has been in fine form this season, with the Red Devils front four of Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck helping United become the top goalscorers in the Premier League. This however has meant that players like Henriquez have struggled for opportunities, and move to Wigan, currently 18th and in the relegation zone, could not only help Henriquez make a name for himself, but also help the fortunes of Wigan themselves, a point their manager, Roberto Martinez, is very aware of:
"We're really excited about Angelo because he is a very young man with huge potential," Martinez was quoted. "He's a goal scorer with clever movement inside the box and has had a very successful time with his former club Universidad."
It is expected that Henriquez will make his debut for the Latics in their FA Cup 3rd round tie with Bournemouth on the weekend. And Martinez added, "I'm sure the fans will give him a great welcome on Saturday."
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