With the dust settling from the setback at Everton, and all eyes on Robin Van Persie`s introduction to the team, albeit for only 20 minutes at the end of the match, it is easy to understand that most fans will have missed two important signings made by Sir Alex ferguson in the meantime.
Firstly, as reported by me a couple of days ago, United signed Alexander Buttner for £4 from Vitesse Arnhem. He is predominantly a left back, but can also play at right back. He is formerly from the famous Ajax academy and is highly rated in Holland, although not really heard of elsewhere. He is expected to be in the Netherlands first team in the near future.
However, the one that went under the radar was the signing of Angelo Henriquez. He is an 18 year old Chilean forward who was playing at top Chilean club Universidad De Chile. He was also a promising tennis player and decided at age 12 to concentrate on football. Lucky for United that he did. He played his first professional match in June 2011, aged 17. In the same month, English football magazine Four-Four-Two named him one of the top 5 young footballers in the world! He was voted by his peers as the best forward in the Chilean leagues the same year, being the second highest goalscorer.
He has played for both the u15 and u-17 Chilean National teams and is expected to be raised to the national team very shortly. In 2012, Henriquez played a total of 17 times scoring 12 goals, not bad for a lad of 17!
It has been announced today that Manchester United have managed to get a governing body endorsement that will allow him to sign and play for Manchester United in the United Kingdom. Ferguson had to act quickly, even though he had a pre-contract agreement with the club, as Manchester City had suddenly found out about Henriquez and were making preparations for a counter bid. So once again this season United have pipped City to a major signing.
This guy is definately one to watch out for, probably in the cup matches like the Carling Cup and the FA cup, maybe even early rounds of the Champions League.