Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez will not be returning to Universidad de Chile this summer after manager Louis van Gaal blocked the 20-year-old’s move back to his former employers.
The Daily Star report that Van Gaal wants to take a closer look at the talented Chile international, who has yet to make a senior appearance for the Red Devils despite arriving at Old Trafford in 2012, on the training ground before making a decision over the player’s future.
Henriquez: Highly-rated striker
Henriquez was snapped up by United two years ago after flourishing with the 2011 Copa Sudamericana winners, La U.
He scored 15 goals in 27 appearances for the Chilean outfit before securing a dream move to Manchester United.
But the dream has turned sour for the South American, who probably moved to Europe too early in his career. He was loaned out to Wigan Athletic during the 2012-13 campaign, where he scored one Premier League goal in four appearances, before being sent out on loan to Real Zaragoza in the Spanish second division last season.
Henriquez scored five goals in 15 matches for the Segunda club and was not part of Manchester United’s pre-season tour of the US - indicating that Van Gaal intended to sell him this summer.
But the veteran Dutch coach is willing to give the diminutive striker a chance to showcase his credentials out on the training pitch before the summer transfer window closes on September 2.
Universidad de Chile statement
Universidad de Chile subsequently issued a statement informing supporters that their former starlet would not be returning to the club this summer.
"Universidad de Chile closed negotiations for the signing of striker Angelo Henriquez,” the statement read. "Manchester United recognised that the player is still under evaluation by part of its new coaching staff, a process that could extend beyond the date of expiry of the period of recruitment of Chilean football.
"Angelo thanked his genuine intention to return to his club, and hopes that in the near future can again wear the blue shirt."
Watch: Angelo Henriquez in action
What next for Henriquez?
Because of the intense competition for places at Old Trafford, it’s unlikely that Henriquez will force his way into Manchester United’s first-team squad during the 2014/15 campaign.
However, he might continue his development in the club’s reserve team or be offered the chance to go out on loan for a third time.
The Chilean still needs to get to grips with English football, so a move to a club in the bottom half of the Premier League table could be an option. However, a move to a Championship club could result in more game-time, and could be more beneficial to both the player and Manchester United as a result.
But this is a player who has scored two goals in three senior appearances for the senior Chile national team. He may feel that he should already be playing regular first-team football for a top-flight club - and a move back to Universidad de Chile may have appealed to him more than another potential season of frustration in England.