Angelo Henriquez completes move to Dinamo Zagreb; bad news for Man United?

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30. That is the number of goals accumulated by Manchester United's strikers last season.

A pretty low total for a team finishing in the top-four? Well, it was, with Wayne Rooney becoming United's lowest top-scorer in the three decades.

Cause of the issue?

Pinning it on under-performing wingers and not enough creativity is easy, and we could do it all day. The fact is that we won't ever know the exact reason for the top of the team losing its scoring boots.

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If that was surprising then you will find this snippet of news even more astounding - the club's most potent front man was actually a loanee.


Chilean Angelo Henriquez went out on loan to Dinamo Zagreb in the Croatian First League last term. What's interesting about that, you ask?

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Well, his stats were. He put in 29 goals in the back of the net over the course of the campaign, ending up just a goal behind the total the trio of Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Rooney were able to tot up.

He was a vita cog in the Dinamo team that won the league and his performances also earned him a call-up to Chile's Copa America's squad. Henriquez came on in extra-time of the final against Argentina, but did not take a spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out.

Now, the Zagreb club has been to swift to make the loan move for the promising youngster permanent, as confirmed by the club website.


He will not be the first promising young player to leave Manchester this season. Saidy Janko has already left in search of first-team football to the North with Celtic.

It is a defensive move on the part of the club which prides themselves for being developers of the finest young talent. It's the latest proof of an alarming mentality from English clubs; they prefer to recruit foreign stars instead of home-grown talent.

If this process doesn't end, gear up for more disappointments from the national team.

United fans, do you think Henriquez should have been retained? Let us know in the comments box below.

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