Cameron Borthwick-Jackson trains ahead of big opportunity against Southampton

by Sam Peoples

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson took part in first-team training at Carrington today ahead of Manchester United’s clash against Southampton on Saturday.

The 18-year-old came off the bench at Anfield last weekend after Ashley Young had to be taken off with what has proved to be a serious groin injury and was extremely impressive.

Replacing Luke Shaw has been one of Louis van Gaal‘s toughest tasks this season because of how impressive he was but it really looks like Borthwick-Jackson can be that person.

If he can be as assured as he was away to Liverpool, the most hostile atmosphere of the season, then I have every confidence he can do it across the rest of the year at left-back for Man United.

Something which has frustrated me a lot since Shaw and Rojo’s absence is that Matteo Darmian has been forced into the left-back spot which has really hurt his own form. So, playing Borthwick-Jackson would allow Darmian to concentrate on being our first choice right-back once again.

There’s no point forcing two players out of position to try and cover Shaw, so hopefully Borthwick-Jackson will now get a run of games at left-back and show van Gaal he’s the best replacement for him this season.

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