By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is set to make his full Manchester United debut in Saturday evening’s Premier League clash against Bournemouth, Football Insider sources understand.
The 18-year-old, who has impressed during cameo appearances against West Brom and Wolfsburg, could make the starting line-up as Louis van Gaal rejigs his injury-ravaged defence.
The Dutchman has showed during his United tenure he is not afraid to trust in the club’s Academy graduates although his hand is tied on this occasion due to injuries to defenders Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian and Phil Jones as well as long-term absentees Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia.
Van Gaal is forced to turn to his second string and, in some cases, third string for the clash on the south coast.
A United dressing-room source has told Football Insider that Borthwick-Jackson, whose regular position is centre-back, was in the expected starting X1 used in training on Friday. He was also told by Van Gaal to prepare to start the Premier League fixture.
Borthwick-Jackson, who joined United’s academy side at the age of six, replaced the injured Darmian in the 43rd minute against Wolfsburg on Tuesday as Van Gaal’s side crashed out of the Champions League.
The England Under 19 defender has made two substitute appearances for United but has never started a game for the senior team.
United will be without nine first-team players against Bournemouth, with Wayne Rooney, Ander Herrera and the suspended Bastian Schweinsteiger also missing the match.