Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is delighted that young players will always be given opportunities to impress at Manchester United.
Borthwick-Jackson, 19, has made an impact in the first-team under Louis van Gaal this season having made 12 appearances in all competitions.
The youngster recently picked up the club’s U21s Player of the Year award and Borthwick-Jackson said every effort will be made among the players and management to ensure young players will have a smooth progression to first team affairs if they are good enough.
“I’ve learnt a lot from the senior players this season who have given pointers and tips during the game,” Borthwick-Jackson said.
“The pace of the game is much quicker, so that has really helped. I think the squad has helped me settle in and improve my overall game.
“The history of the club shows that, if you play well, you’ll get your chance. If you’re good enough, you’re old enough; I don’t think any of the young players who have come into the squad have let the manager down.”
Borthwick-Jackson used Sir Matt Busby’s famous phrase of ‘if you’re good enough, you’re old enough’ and it still rings true today with United. That hasn’t changed in over half a century.
United as a club has been built on putting faith in youngsters. The most famous example is the ‘class of ’92’, which saw players such as David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs graduate from the youth academy before becoming icons at Old Trafford.
But there have been a number of other instances where United have been willing to provide a platform to a youngster to show what they can do. It is something that van Gaal, to his credit, has delivered on and Borthwick-Jackson will no doubt cement his place in the squad in the coming years.