Under 21’s Player of the Year Cameron Borthwick-Jackson could soon find himself on his way out of Manchester United on a season-long loan according to the Daily Star. The article claims that after the young left-back suffered a slight knock before being dropped from the pre-season tour to China, which is already underway, it is likely that he’ll be shipped out on loan as well as Tyler Blackett, James Wilson, and the Eintracht Frankfurt-bound Guillermo Varela. Referencing The Times article on Mourinho’s selection for the tour, they state that however much the 30-man squad isn’t guaranteed to be involved this year, that the younger players in the team that were omitted are more likely to head out on loan.
The 19-year-old left-back made an impressive start to his senior team career making 10 league appearances after he made his debut in November 2015 after Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young all suffered long injuries. Strong, level-headed and puts in a terrific cross, Borthwick-Jackson has all the attributes to make an extremely good defender and after impressing in games v Liverpool and Chelsea, the future seems bright, but this will only come with time and first team appearances, something which might be a rarity this season under Jose Mourinho. With the returning Luke Shaw set to take the starting position after spending nearly a year out with a horrific leg break, meaning Borthwick-Jackson and Marcos Rojo slip down the pecking order.
Amongst all the rumours surrounding Paul Pogba we are yet to see any relating to Maros Rojo leaving the club and with his inclusion in the pre-season tour squad as well as his seniority over Borthwick-Jackson, it is likely that he’ll remain at the club as the main backup to Luke Shaw. The Argentinian defender suffered a few injuries this season gone and has yet to nail down a starting place at either centre-back or left-back after his £16m move under Louis van Gaal but maintains his place in the Argentinian national squad regardless. Borthwick-Jackson faces a tough decision whether to stick it out and fight or accept the suggestion to move away for a year and gain valuable first team action, like a few of his younger teammates.
In the long run, a year playing at a Championship club or a lower level Premier League team would help Cameron develop his footballing ability as well as his awareness, just like Jesse Lingard did after loan spells at Brighton, Birmingham City, and Derby County. Other than that, Borthwick-Jackson will have wait and see whether Marcos Rojo leaves the club or if there are any injuries allowing him to make his mark once again.