English Premiership

United's Henriquez off to Wigan

2013-01-02 20:49
Angelo Henriquez (Getty Images)

London - Wigan Athletic said on Wednesday that they have agreed to sign Chilean forward Angelo Henriquez on loan until the end of the season from English Premier League rivals Manchester United.

Henriquez, 18, joined United in the close season from Universidad de Chile and has been capped once at senior international level.

"We're really excited about Angelo because he is a very young man with a huge potential," Wigan coach Roberto Martinez told the club website, after his side's 4-0 defeat at home to United on Tuesday.

"He's a goal-scorer with clever movement inside the box and has had a very successful time with his former club, Universidad.

"We hope to have a good partnership in terms of allowing Angelo to develop as a footballer and learn the demands of the English game, because I feel he can bring us something different in the forward line."

Henriquez could make his Wigan debut on Saturday, when the Latics face third-division Bournemouth in the third round of the FA Cup.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I am really excited after the manager has given this chance for me to prove myself," Henriquez said. "Now I need to work to try and earn my place in the team."

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