What next for Cameron-Borthwick Jackson?

Manchester United have confirmed on the club’s official website that Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has returned to the club after a loan spell at Tranmere Rovers.

United will end up travelling to Tranmere if both sides win their third round replays but Borthwick-Jackson has made the journey the opposite way.

So what’s next for the 22-year-old Louis van Gaal was ‘impressed‘ by having given him his debut in 2015?


Likely not related to Young’s future

Plenty of fans have seen a the young left-back return to the club at a time when Ashley Young’s future is up in the air amid talks with Inter Milan and put two and two together.

But Borthwick-Jackson’s recall is likely linked to the fact he has only played six games for Tranmere.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams are all capable of covering Young’s departure, with Ethan Laird ahead of Borthwick-Jackson in the pecking order.

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What next?

Borthwick-Jackson is more than likely set for another loan spell, where he will hope to get more game time.

That has already happened with Ethan Hamilton, who has returned from his loan spell with League 1 strugglers Southend before being loaned back out to their relegation rivals Bolton.

Borthwick-Jackson may go back into the Under 23s at United if he can’t find another loan, but he really needs senior gametime at this stage of his career.

His progression has stalled big-time since van Gaal left the club, having been unable to impress in loan spells with Leeds, Wolves, and Scunthorpe.

A player simply shouldn’t be going from the fringes of the Tranmere setup into United’s senior plans. It would be a major shock if that happened.

His contract is winding down, and like James Wilson last season, he is just looking to put himself in the shop window now before it runs out.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.