Jesse Lingard singles out Cameron Borthwick-Jackson for praise

by Ben Topliss

Jesse Lingard has praised Manchester United teammate Cameron Borthwick-Jackson following the youngster’s performance in the 3-0 win over Stoke City on Tuesday.

Lingard scored the first goal of the game at Old Trafford after getting onto the end of Borthwick-Jackson’s excellent ball into the box.

Further strikes from Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney wrapped up what was a convincing win for Louis van Gaal’s side. Lingard singled out Borthwick-Jackson for special praise following the clash.

“He’s come on leaps and bounds from when I knew him in the U18s,” Lingard said.

|He’s a relaxed and composed lad, he’s got a great cross in him and he gets forward a lot. His defending is 10 out of 10 as well, so he’s doing very well at the minute. The manager likes youth and when we’ve had a chance we’ve taken it, so I don’t see why the next batch can’t come through [and do the same].”

Borthwick-Jackson has been forced to contend with a rapid progression into the United first team this season amid a defensive injury crisis.

It was a big ask for the 19-year-old but he has handled the pressure with consummate ease and he has not looked out of place at all despite his tender age. Of course, he will still have to work hard if he is to maintain his spot in the starting XI but he has made an excellent start to his first team career at Old Trafford.

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