Manchester United youngster Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is aiming to cement his place in the first-team squad, having made his debut for the club earlier this season.
The defender came on as a late substitute against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford in the Premier League for his first ever appearance for Man United and was then thrust into the thick of the action for the Champions League game away at Wolfsburg.
Still only 18, Borthwick-Jackson has come through the youth ranks at United and is finally reaping the rewards for impressing at age group levels throughout his time in the academy. The Englishman would not have been expecting much involvement with the squad this season, especially once the Reds were knocked out of the Capital One Cup, but he is now looking to secure a a place.
“I suppose I would just like to become a regular in the first-team squad,” he told manutd.com.
“That is what I’ve got to aim for, getting regular minutes in the Manchester United side. I need to make sure I’m in the manager’s thoughts and will keep working hard. I have to be ready for anything and, although I’m young and still learning, I think I can become a regular one day.”
Borthwick-Jackson was particularly impressive during the 3-2 defeat away to Wolfsburg, which saw United knocked out of the Champions League at the first hurdle. On a disappointing night for the club, the left-back’s performance was one of a few positives they could take away from the Volkswagen Arena, given the maturity he showed when he replaced the injured Matteo Darmian.
The youngster will now look to make his full United debut in the coming weeks and, with injuries to the likes of Luke Shaw and Darmian, may not have to wait long before he gets the call. It is always good to see a Manchester local come all the way to the first-team and Borthwick-Jackson will certainly have the blessings of the Old Trafford faithful.