By Daniel Boyle

Ángelo Henríquez has shown exactly why English giants Manchester United have been watching him from a young age. After his introduction late in the second half against Sunderland, the young Chilean needed just eight minutes to score.

WIGAN, ENGLAND — After failing to get a call for the Manchester United starting team, the club loaned Henríquez to Wigan. After playing two games in the FA Cup, coach Roberto Martinez brought the former Universidad de Chile striker his first taste of English Premier League action.

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Ángelo Henríquez has signed at Wigan on loan from Manchester United. Photo: Craig Norwood via Twitpic

The 18-year-old joined fellow Chilean Jean Beausejour on the field midway through the second half against Sunderland. After entering the play in the 71st minute, Henríquez scored just eight minutes later.

The young player has marked himself as a star of the future, with an impressive run of goals on debut. Henríquez scored in his first Copa Libertadores match, his first game with the Manchester United reserves team, his first game with Chile’s national team and now his first game in the English Premier League.

Despite the goal, Wigan lost the match 3-2 and remain in grave danger of relegation. Aside from the goal, the young Chilean also received his first yellow card in the English Premier League.

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Daniel Boyle is an Australian living in Chile. He is the Sports Editor for I Love Chile, Chile’s leading English language magazine and website. He is married to a Chilean and his key passions are sport, music, travel and education.

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