It would be fair to say that there is plenty of optimism over Manchester United’s latest signing, with Angelo Henriquez arriving at Old Trafford after forging a superb reputation in his homeland Chile. However, while the striker is excited about his new challenge, he has stated that he knows he will have to improve physically in order to match the rigors of top flight English football.
Henriquez completed a move to United last week in a deal said to be worth €4m. The player was something of a revelation for his former club Universidad de Chile, after managing a hugely impressive 11 goals in 17 league appearances despite being just 18-years-old. Moreover, his record at youth international level has been even better and there are hopes that he could become the next South American sensation to hit Manchester.
However, while many players from the region do become resounding successes in the top flight, there are many that simply cannot adjust their game and struggle with the physical demands in English football. Henriquez claims that he is desperate not to become one of these flops and told Radio Bio Bio, “I won’t ask to be given some minutes and nor will I pretend I’m better than I really am. I have to go step by step. I have to adapt and improve physically. I’m training and looking to get an opportunity. There are many things I have to improve to reach the level of Manchester United.”
Even though United are currently without Wayne Rooney, it is still very unlikely for Henriquez to get many opportunities in the next few weeks. Robin Van Persie is all but guaranteed a starting position following his incredible form, while Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez are also pushing for places in Sir Alex Ferguson’s starting eleven. Bearing this in mind, there are suspicions that Ferguson could look to farm Henriquez out on loan to gain more experience.