While United have been fielding foreign players since Nikola Jovanovic in 1980, importing from the Americas has been a relatively recent activity.
Angelo Henriquez's predecessors from South America only date back a decade or so, to the arrival of Argentinian midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron amid great excitement. He was joined at Old Trafford midway through the same 2001/02 season by Diego Forlan. The nemesis of Liverpool remains the only Uruguayan to play for United but Veron was followed onto the hallowed turf by his compatriots Gabriel Heinze and Carlos Tevez.
The first of now several Brazilians to wear the red of United was Kleberson, signed by Sir Alex 12 months after winning the World Cup in Japan and Korea. His spell here was shortlived, with Anderson, Rafael and Fabio all now outstripping his two years at OT.
The only other South American country prior to Chile to produce a United player is Ecuador, for whom Antonio Valencia is an excellent representative. Here's to the club's first Chilean acquisition being every bit as successful.