Angelo Henriquez scores hat-trick for DInamo Zagreb

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Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez continued to enhance his burgeoning reputation on Sunday by netting a superb hat-trick for loan club Dinamo Zagreb against rivals Lokomotiva Zagreb.

The 20-year-old Chile international, who joined Dinamo on a season-long loan deal in August, scored twice before half-time and completed his hat-trick just before full-time to take his tally to five goals in six league appearances.

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Henriquez keen to impress Van Gaal

The talented South American forward, who arrived at Old Trafford from Universidad de Chile in 2012, told reporters last week that his move to Dinamo is not a backwards step - and, instead, believes it will provide him with the perfect platform to catch the eye of Van Gaal.

"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 insisted. "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. 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. With that amount of care for a year, I know I'm still being followed by United."

Henriquez allowed to leave due to competition

Van Gaal allowed Henriquez to leave United for the season because of the intense competition for places at Old Trafford - particularly with the Red Devils out of the Champions League.

Even though Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez eventually left Manchester United - on permanent and loan deals, respectively - the arrival of Radamel Falcao and the emergence of James Wilson meant Henriquez stood virtually no chance of forcing his way into the club's first team this season.

Difficult start to life in Europe for Henriquez

The Chilean has endured a difficult couple of years in Europe since agreeing to leave his home country, but finally appears to have found a club where he can hone his development and give Van Gaal something to think about.

The first club Henriquez joined on loan was Wigan Athletic, where he spent the second of the 2012-13 campaign. However, he was not handed too many opportunities to shine and went on to score just one goal in eight appearances.

Last season he was loaned to Real Zaragoza, in the Spanish second division, but again struggled to showcase his true ability - and ended the season with just six goals from 25 games.

After ten games played in all competitions for Dinamo, Henriquez has already scored seven goals.

If he continues this impressive run of scoring then Van Gaal may implement plans to use him in pre-season before the start of the 2015-16 campaign.

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