Manchester United rookie who doesn't suffer nerves targets first-team spot
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has revealed he does not suffer from nerves as he targets a regular Manchester United first-team spot.
The Old Trafford Academy graduate lifted the lid on the circumstances behind his United debut last month and is hopeful that it is the start of things to come.
Borthwick-Jackson, 18, is one of a number of United rookies who have been given their chance by Louis van Gaal over the last 18 months.
The Mancunian, who joined the club’s Academy aged six, made his debut as a substitute in the 2-0 win against West Brom last month and also came off the bench in the Champions League defeat to Wolfsburg 10 days ago.
After being singled out for praise by the manager following his maiden start, at Bournemouth, things have progressed very quickly for the defender, who did not make a single Under-21 apperance in 2014/15.
Asked if his call-up for the Old Trafford encounter with the Baggies came as a shock, he told United Review: “It was mad. I only got told the day before to come into the squad and then to get out on the pitch was just a dream come true.
“The manager has given me a chance, just like he gave a chance to Paddy [McNair], Jesse [Lingard], Tyler [Blackett] and a few others. I was just so happy and proud. I didn’t think my debut would come this year and it was a bit unexpected but you have to be ready for it.
“I don’t get nervous before games. Not even for the West Brom one. It is mad when you’re coming out to play in front of 75,000 fans at Old Trafford as you’d think I would be really nervous, but it doesn’t really hit me. I just block it out and get on with the game.”
As 2015 draws to a close, Borthwick-Jackson revealed his ambitions for 2016.
“I suppose I would just like to become a regular in the first-team squad,” he told United Review. “That is what I’ve got to aim for, getting regular minutes in the Manchester United side. I need to make sure I’m in the manager’s thoughts and will keep working hard. I have to be ready for anything and, although I’m young and still learning, I think I can become a regular one day.”