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Cameron Borthwick-Jackson Makes Manchester United Debut: Key Details on Teenager

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 2015

Manchester United's English defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson leaves the pitch with teammates at half-time during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north west England, on November 7, 2015.     AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF

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Manchester United's Premier League clash with West Bromwich Albion offered the club the chance to prove it's still underpinned by a foundation of home-grown talent. Fresh off the production line, teenage defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson made his debut for the Red Devils as a second-half substitute against the Baggies, according to the Manchester Evening News:

Man United News @ManUtdMEN

Borthwick-Jackson comes on for his Manchester United debut! https://t.co/JYaZ8ElY3x #mufc https://t.co/AGXgDPj6Uh

The paper's official Man United News Twitter feed also captured the moment the youngster entered the game, replacing stand-in left-back Marcos Rojo:

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Remember when everyone was saying Manchester United had lost faith in their local lads... #mufc https://t.co/1dNACZ7DH6

Described as a "ball-playing defender with good stature and real presence," by the club's official site (h/t MailOnline's Kieran Gill), the 18-year-old is versatile enough to play a host of positions across the back line.

He's seen time as a centre-back, full-back and even in midfield, per United's official website. Borthwick-Jackson was also part of the teams that won the 2014 Milk Cup, as well as the under-19 side that featured in the UEFA Youth League under the guidance of ex-United youth graduate Nicky Butt.

Gill's article carried quotes from both under-18 boss Paul McGuinness, along with under-21 coach Warren Joyce. The former praised Borthwick-Jackson's rapid development: "Cameron has improved and developed throughout the season."

Joyce was similarly effusive about the player who joined the Red Devils as a schoolboy in 2013: "Cameron has been excellent really this season. He has gone from strength to strength."

Like many of the club's successful youth graduates, Borthwick-Jackson is a "former pupil at St Anthony's Catholic College, in Urmston, where former pupils include previous United youngsters Ravel Morrison and Tyler Blackett," as noted by the Mirror's Tyrone Marshall.

Borthwick-Johnson has joined Tyler Blackett as a youngster given first-team exposure on Van Gaal's watch.
Borthwick-Johnson has joined Tyler Blackett as a youngster given first-team exposure on Van Gaal's watch.Tomas Ovalle/Associated Press

He also noted how the precocious defender has already earned plenty of experience on the international stage. Borthwick-Jackson has played for England at both under-16 and under-17 levels.

His inclusion in United's senior setup is to cover injuries. But Van Gaal's faith in the 18-year-old is also a telling reminder of the club's historic fidelity to giving promising youngsters their chance.

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