Manchester United's striker Angelo Henriquez, on loan at Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb, scored his first hat-trick for the club in the 3-0 demolition of NK Lokomotiva. The win moves Dinamo four points clear of second place HNK Rijeka.
The 20-year-old Chilean international scored in the 9th, 38th, and 86th minutes, which took his goal tally to six goals in nine games for Zagreb. The young striker must certainly be hoping that this feat will help him catch the eye of parent club.
Henriquez in contact
Henriquez earlier revealed that he has been in regular contact with United coaches and trainers. The former Universidad de Chile man also revealed that the Red Devils are monitoring each and every aspect of his life at the Croatian capital, including his diet and the intensity of training at Dinamo.
"I have constant contact with people from Manchester United. Not (Louis) van Gaal, but people from Carrington, the coaches. They want to know every detail – from the intensity of training here, diet, life in Zagreb," he said.
Henriquez is aware that he needs to make the most of his time at Dinamo, having previously taken in spells at Wigan Athletic and Real Zaragoza. The striker was quick to rebuff claims that going on loan for the third time in his United career was a backwards step in his footballing career.
No backward step
"I don't think it was a backwards step in my career (joining Dinamo) but a good chance to play and get experience of European football," he said.
The talented young striker also believes that Dinamo is a special club and a good place for him to develop as a player and achieve his goals.
"Dinamo is a special challenge for me because I know the club aspires to be the best in Croatia and that will help me achieve my goal," he said.
Dinamo have the option to buy him at the end of the season. But with the young striker in scintillating form, and United striker Robin van Persie not getting any younger, manager Louis van Gaal would be foolish to let him go.
On rumours that Dinamo will look to make his move permanent next summer, Henriquez added: “I heard about this idea but I honestly do not know what to say.
“Should I wait for the end of the season and draw the line and see where we are?
“Basically, I would not mind staying in Dinamo because it’s a great club and if things go well I would love to stay here after the expiry of the loan.”
Held in high regard
Zagreb manager Zoran Mamic certainly holds the young forward in high regard. When asked about his opinion on the player he said: "Henriquez is a real player, his movement and engagement can only be a plus for our team," the 43-year-old revealed.
Henriquez, who was signed by former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson back in the summer of 2012, has finally found a club where he is getting regular opportunities to showcase his talents, after average stints at Wigan Athletic and Real Zaragoza.