MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez will join Wigan Athletic on loan after the Red Devils blocked him from joining Chile.
Henriquez was hoping to link up with his country at next month’s South American Under-20 Championship in Argentina, but revealed that his Premier League club Manchester United are not letting him leave.
Sir Alex Ferguson wants Henriquez to continue training and developing his game in the English League and the veteran manager believes sending the 18-year-old to Wigan to work with Roberto Martinez would provide him with valuable playing experience.
“I asked repeatedly to go (and play for Chile) and showed desire to do so. But they want me to go to Wigan and keep playing in the Premier League,” Henriquez was quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror.
“I would never say no to Chile. It would be a serious mistake, but United are not letting me go.”
Henriquez is expected to be the cover for Arouna Kone on his arrival, but the Ivory Coast striker will be leaving for the Africa Cup of Nations next month.
If the youngster plays well enough, then he is expected to fill into that slot.
“I already talked to the manager Roberto Martinez and he told me that I would have more chances,” Henriquez said.
“His idea is to have me as a substitute for Kone. It will then depend on me taking advantage of them.”
It is Ferguson’s habit to send his younger recruits to gain experience and a number of current and former Man United players have benefited from this.
The manager also revealed again that there will be no new transfers for Man Utd in the January window.