By ESPNSTAR.com staff
As evidenced by his recent hat-trick against Southampton, the signing of Robin van Persie has boosted the Manchester United attack. With the Dutchman set to shoulder some scoring responsibilities in this campaign, Ferguson turned his attentions to the future and secured a deal for 18-year old Henriquez.
The Red Devils manager revealed that the club had been tracking the Chilean for the past four years, and they decided the time was right to bring him to Old Trafford after watching his performances at a recent youth competition.
"We scouted him when he was 14 years old and just monitored him, when he turned 18, we knew we could take him; it's the first time we can sign them in this country, at 18, and so we were very fortunate the Chile Under-20s were over here," Ferguson said to Inside United.
"They were in tournaments at the Milk Cup [in Northern Ireland] and over in Holland. We watched all the games and everyone said: 'You need to bring him in'."
Although Henriquez is unlikely to feature in the first team this season, Ferguson is confident the young striker will make the step up in time.
"He's very quick and a good finisher," he stated.
"He's strong, with great shoulders on him for a boy of 18. So hopefully he'll do fine."
Manchester United host Wigan for their next Premier League fixture.