By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has been rated at 10/10 for defending by his Manchester United team-mate Jesse Lingard.
The emerging duo shined for Louis van Gaal’s team on Tuesday night in the 3-0 win over Stoke at Old Trafford.
Lingard opened the scoring for United with a superb diving header after finishing off a superb cross following fellow Academy graduate Borthwick-Jackson.
“Cameron’s a very composed player,” Lingard told the Manchester United website. “He’s come into the first-team fold, he’s played a few games and now he’s getting that experience that he needs. He’s slotted right in and done very well.
“He has come on leaps and bounds from when I knew him in the Under-18s. He’s a relaxed and composed lad, he’s got a great cross in him and he gets forward a lot. His defending is 10 out of 10 as well, so he’s doing very well at the minute.”
Borthwick-Jackson, who turned 19 on Tuesday, made his ninth appearance of the season on Tuesday as he gave further evidence of his considerable promise.
He has been called on at left-back following a string of serious injuries to the senior full-backs, including Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young.
There are plenty more youngsters within the Academy pushing for an opportunity at first-team level in the future and Lingard, 23, has high hopes for some of the highly-promising teenagers.
“The manager likes youth and when we’ve had a chance we’ve taken it,” Lingard added. “So I don’t see why the next batch can’t come through and do the same.”