What should Manchester United do with Angelo Henriquez next season?

The Chilean youngster was not given much of a chance at Wigan Athletic this season, should Manchester United send him back to the Latics this summer?

When Wigan Athletic signed Angelo Henriquez on loan from Manchester United in January, there was plenty of interest in how the teenager would fare in the Premier League.

Despite his youth, Henriquez came to England with a reputation as one of the most exciting young strikers around, and the hope was he might be able to demonstrate his talents at the DW Stadium, with little opportunity to impress in a Manchester United team with Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck all competing for places.

He started well enough, netting in his first league appearance, but was used only four more times by Roberto Martinez in all competitions, clocking up just 45 minutes on the pitch in his time at Wigan.

Henriquez will clearly still struggle to get into Manchester United’s first team next year, and David Moyes now has a decision to make over whether to send the striker out on loan or let him develop in the club’s youth sides.

A loan move would probably give him the best chance to impress, but should he go to a Premier League side again, or drop down a level to guarantee first team football?

Henriquez himself has said he would be happy to return to Wigan in the Championship, and if Arouna Kone leaves then you could see him getting more of a chance at the DW, but should Manchester United take a leaf out of Chelsea’s book and send the youngster to West Brom?

Steve Clarke was hailed for the way he brought out the best in Romelu Lukaku this season, with the Belgian netting 17 times in the Premier League. They are unlikely to be able to bring Lukaku back from Chelsea again next year, so could they be interested in a move for Henriquez?

The Chilean is a different kind of player, but he has shown throughout his short career that he can get goals when on the pitch, and West Brom will need someone to replace Lukaku’s impact in this regard.

Clearly discussion with David Moyes will need to take place, but if Manchester United’s new manager could find a team willing to give Henriquez a first team role in the Premier League, then that would surely be his best option.

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