Angelo Henriquez: Young Striker Is Smart Move for Future of Manchester United

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIAugust 14, 2012

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Manchester United finished tied atop the English Premier League last season, but the Red Devils are apparently looking to solidify some assets for the future of the club.

According to ESPN, United is on the verge of acquiring Angelo Henriquez:

Manchester United appear to have beaten rivals Manchester City to the signing of Universidad de Chile striker Angelo Henriquez as the player is reported to have undergone a medical.

The Daily Mail reports that the deal will be in the neighborhood of £4 million.

Henriquez put himself on the map last season with 11 goals in 17 league games to help his almost-former club win the league title.

The 18-year-old striker isn't going to change the entire dynamic of Sir Alex Ferguson's team next season or the season after that, but he serves as an insurance attacker in an offense that will see some key players age in the coming seasons.

This move wouldn't have been as wise if United had to pay a higher price for Henriquez' services, but this acquisition could prove to be a bargain.

But, because Henriquez is so young, this allows the Red Devils to start building a youthful corps before their current corps becomes too old.

One day, Wayne Rooney will become too old to compete in the English Premier League. By the time he turns 30, Henriquez will be 22 and more than ready to help the team win.

Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck will be young enough to play with Henriquez when his time comes. This move may seem a bit early, but Henriquez will be able to get comfortable with the men that her will be playing alongside in the future.

Dimitar Berbatov will be old sooner rather than later. He scored seven goals in as many appearances for United last season, and the team is surely hoping Henriquez can help to fill that role.

What makes this all the more better for United is that Manchester City was vying for Henriquez too. It would be safe to say that United had first dibs and City tried to sneak in and swing a deal, so Ferguson must be elated to have won the recruiting battle.

Henriquez isn't going to wow United fans in the 2012-13 season, but that isn't what he was signed to do. There will be at least a couple years of development in store, but Henriquez is going to be looked back on as a solid pickup for the Red Devils.