WIGAN Athletic last night swooped to sign Manchester United striker Angelo Henrique - hours after crashing 4-0 to the Premier League leaders.
Roberto Martinez ensured the visit of Sir Alex Ferguson’s men was not a total wipeout, tying up the loose ends of the loan deal for the rest of the season.
Henrique becomes Wigan’s second signing of the January window, following Roger Espinoza’s arrival from Sporting Kansas City.
The 18-year-old, a team-mate of Jean Beausejour in the Chile national side, has been handed Victor Moses’ old No.11 shirt.
And he’s been given the green light by United to make his Wigan debut against Bournemouth in the FA Cup third round this weekend.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I am really excited after the manager has given this chance for me to prove myself,” Henrique said.
“Now I need to work to try and earn my place in the Wigan team.”
Martinez was delighted at securing the services of a centre-forward with Arouna Kone preparing to jet out next week for the African Nations Cup.
“We’re really excited about Angelo because he is a very young man with a huge potential,” gushed Martinez.
“He’s a goalscorer with clever movement inside the box, and has had a very successful time in Chilean football.
“We hope to have a good partnership in terms of allowing Angelo to develop as a footballer and learn of the demands of the English game, because I feel he can bring us something different in the forward line.
“I’m sure the fans will give him a great welcome on Saturday, and it will provide him with the perfect opportunity to begin his experiences on the pitch in English football which is very exciting.”
Henrique moved to Old Trafford last summer from Chilean side Universidad de Chile and, although he has yet to play for United, he boasts an incredible goalscoring record for his country at all levels.