Where did it go wrong for United youngster Cameron Borthwick-Jackson?

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s loan move from Manchester United to Tranmere Rovers was confirmed on transfer deadline day.

The 22-year-old will be hoping that the season-long move to the League One outfit will reinvigorate a career that initially brought so much promise.

The out-of-favour left-back has been cast aside by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, at a time when a wealth of the clubs academy graduates are being given an opportunity to impress in the first team.

The move to Prenton Park will be the fourth loan spell of Borthwick-Jackson’s career, after previous underwhelming periods at Wolves, Leeds and Scunthorpe.

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Speaking about his move on the Tranmere Rovers website, Borthwick-Jackson said: “I’m delighted and I can’t wait to get started.

“I think it’s a case of me getting back to my best and showcasing what I can do to help Tranmere finish as high up the league table as possible.

“The manager was keen, and he wanted me. I’m looking forward to working with him and that’s half the battle to have a manager like that. He said he knows my quality and he wants me to get back enjoying my football.”

What could have been?

The Manchester-born academy graduate was thrown into the first team limelight under the stewardship of Louis van Gaal in the 2015/16 campaign.

Van Gaal handed the youngester 14 senior appearances at a time when United were going through an injury crisis and Luke Shaw had suffered a horror leg break.

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With Shaw out injured once again, Borthwick-Jackson couldn’t be further away from the United first team fold.

Instead, fans of the Red Devils are calling for another academy prospect, Brandon Williams to be given an opportunity.

Where did it go wrong?

After being given ample opportunities to prove his credentials under Van Gaal, who is renown for his faith in academy talent. The arrival of Jose Mourinho must of been met with pessimism by Borthwick-Jackson and other youngsters coming through the ranks at United due to the Portuguese’s reluctance to trust young players.

With his development under Mourinho stagnating, Borthwick-Jackson was given the opportunity to sign for Ajax, a club which prides itself on nurturing young players [ESPN reported].

However, in what could prove to be the biggest regret of his career, Borthwick-Jackson decided to turn down the Dutch giants in favour of another crack in the Championship at Elland Road despite enduring a miserable season at Wolves the year prior.

The move to Leeds was a gamble that didn’t pay off for Borthwick-Jackson, with the loan terminated early, and he now finds himself in the wilderness trying to work his way back up the footballing ladder.

Last season saw him make a low key loan to Scunthorpe, which in itself showed how damaging his ill-fated spell at Leeds was.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s latest loan move could prove to be his last temporary move away from Old Trafford with his contract due to expire next summer.

At 22, and with younger prospects coming through, it would be a shock if he managed to convince United to offer him an extension.

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