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Cameron Borthwick-Jackson targets China trip

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson admits a place in Jose Mourinho’s pre-season squad would “mean a lot” to the youngster following his breakthrough season for Manchester United and recently-penned new contract.

The young defender impressed throughout his 14 appearances in 2015/16 and last month signed a new deal, keeping the defender at the club until 2020.

The 19-year old also picked up the Under-21 Player of the year award at the club’s end of season awards and he now hopes he can impress his new boss if selected to join the group flying out to China next month for the tour.

In an exclusive interview with ManUtd.com he said:

“It would mean a lot to me because I want to continue after breaking through last season and push myself into the managers thoughts as a regular. It would be a great experience to adapt with the team and be away with the team.”

“Playing in the first team was a fantastic experience last season. This club has always been about hard work and dedication and that has stood me in good stead. It is not easy, but you have to keep pushing and I have driven on, worked on my game and hopefully I can keep preforming well.”

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson impressed when called upon and hopes to join the team in China (Picture: reddevilarmada.com)
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson impressed when called upon and hopes to join the team in China (Picture: reddevilarmada.com)

Going back to China with the first team would be a “unique experience”

Borthwick-Jackson visited China with the clubs Under-15’s back in 2012 for the Premier Cup, and believes returning to the country to take on Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City will be a unique experience.

“I have been there before for the Premier Cup and it is a lovely country with great tradition. We went to watch the local team in Shanghai and there were loads of United fans there. The support is incredible over there.”

“They will be both tough games. We obviously know about City and as a Mancunian, it means a lot to me. Dortmund will be tough too, they press well and have got real quality. It is better to challenge yourself against teams like that. It can help you hit the ground running playing teams like that.”

“Pre-Season is always a very important time as it sets you up for the rest of the campaign and gives you a confidence boost. You are hopeful of a good first game then look to sustain it.”

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Young and Borthwick-Jackson Could Feature Against Liverpool

Louis Van Gaal has been handed a boost ahead of tomorrow nights make-or-break Europa League tie against Liverpool as it has been reported that Ashley Young and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson could feature in some capacity, as seen in The Guardian

Coincidentally, Young last featured for United in the victory over Liverpool on January 17th, where he suffered a groin injury, and the 30-year-old joined in training with the first team squad this morning. 19-year-old defender Borthwick-Jackson also rejoins the first team squad having not featured since the FA Cup victory over Shrewsbury Town in February.

Borthwick-Jackson has been one of the success stories this season since making his debut against West Bromich Albion as a substitute in Novemeber last year. He has since made 11 appearances for the club in all competitions and has earned many plaudits for his attack-minded displays reminiscent of those displayed during the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

With United trailing 2-0 to bitter rivals Liverpool after defeat in the first leg at Anfield, the return at Old Trafford is seen as crucial to the clubs hopes of reaching the Champions League through the back door as a top four finish remains in the hands of other teams. The return of Young and Borthwick-Jackson could prove to be pivotal as United look to qualify for the Champions League through the back door with hopes of a top four finish in the Premier League currently out of their hands.

Injection Of Youth Breathes Life Into Soulless United

Even the most avid Louis Van Gaal fan would struggle to reel off a list of things he has got right during his time in charge. It is no secret that his near two years in charge, this season in particular, has been dire to say the least but, if there is one thing that he certainly is not guilty of, it is sticking to the club tradition of blooding youngsters into the first team squad.

The more skeptical of us may believe that this is due to the squad being unnecessarily thin whilst LVG himself claims that he deliberately scaled down the squad in order to bring in youth players. Whatever the truth is, recent weeks have seen some much improved performances on the pitch, with the recent emergence of Marcus Rashford proving to be the real highlight.

In truth, the writing was on the wall from the very beginning of LVG’s tenure, having included Jesse Lingard and Tyler Blackett in his very first matchday squad in 2014. Since then, a further 12 academy players have made their debuts for the club, with some of those beginning to become a regular presence around the squad.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, at 19-years-old, looks like he has massive potential and has recorded some steady performances within the back four this season. Tim Fosu-Mensah made his debut as a substitute in the recent win over Arsenal, before starting the subsequent game against Watford where he put in a decent shift. And then there is the aforementioned Marcus Rashford. In only three games for United, the youngster has already been sounded out for an England call-up and been touted as ‘the next big thing’.

Granted, it is far too early to claim that Rashford will indeed turn out to be a top player, we have been here before after all (Macheda anyone?), but the early indications are positive, with the well-documented doubles against FC Midtjylland and Arsenal propelling him from the unknown to household name.

The most frustrating aspect of the youngsters utilised to date by LVG is the under-use of Andreas Pereira. The 20-year-old is seen by many as the crown jewel of United’s academy but has seemingly been overlooked on occasion by Van Gaal. What is more frustrating is that the Brazilian is being overlooked by Jesse Lingard who, as another academy graduate given his debut under the Dutchman, has produced moments of brilliance and mediocrity in equal measure. It is widely known around Old Trafford that many fans would like to see Pereira given more of an opportunity over the coming months, with many sensing he could prove to be as big a loss as Paul Pogba if he was to decide his future lay away from the club.

Louis Van Gaal has always stated that when he leaves the club he will leave it in a better state than when he arrived. As recent as three weeks ago that was hard to believe. However, these claims are now becoming easier to understand. Of course, any manager could have come in and spent what the Dutchman has, and more than likely delivered some silverware, but what LVG is achieving is a squad which could be able to compete for the next 10 years. It is far too early to launch any ‘class of 92’ comparisons but the latest class could be one that helps the club begin to reach the levels that we are all used to and expect.