By Andy Hyslop
- Borthwick-Jackson made first senior start for United against Bournemouth
- Injuries have thrust the Manchester youngster into the limelight
Injuries to Manchester United’s defence have thrust Manchester born Cameron Borthwick-Jackson into the limelight. Borthwick-Jackson hasn’t let anyone down with his performances in the first-team.
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson was an ever present at left-back United’s under-18s side last season. His target at the start of the season must have been to force his way into Warren Joyce’s under-21s side and maybe catch the eye of United’s first-team coaching staff.
I’m sure he never envisaged making a first-team debut so early in the season. Injuries to Shaw, Rojo and Darmian has seen the 18 year-old thrust into the limelight of Manchester United’s first-team.
He first appeared in the first-team squad came when United played West Brom at Old Trafford on November 7, he was named as a substitute and replaced Marcos Rojo with just over 15 minutes to play. He looked a bit shaky in that appearance but that is to be expected playing in front of 75,000 for the first time.
He then made several appearances on the bench without being used by Van Gaal before he was forced into action in United’s 3-2 to Wolfsburg, following the injury to Darmian in the first-half.
He almost made an immediate impact as he won the ball in the final third in the move that led to Jesse Lingard’s disallowed goal. He showed he is a capable defender, whilst also offering a threat in the opponents half when required.
Borthwick-Jackson made his first start in the Premier League in last night’s 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth. Despite United defence conceding another two goals and at times looking all at sea, which is to be expected when four players are just thrown together.
Borthwick-Jackson looked able to do the defensive side of the game to a good standard, whilst also offering a threat going forward at times.
Let’s be honest if wasn’t for the current injuries especially in the left-back position, young Borthwick-Jackson wouldn’t be anywhere near the first-team but his performances won’t haven’t done him any harm for the future.
It’s clear for anyone to see that Borthwick-Jackson isn’t ready for the step-up on a permanent basis, both on ability and his physique but he has done as well as anyone can expect.