Manchester United have confirmed that Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has returned prematurely from his loan spell at Leeds United. The 23 year-old was due to be with Leeds until the end of the season. However, his failure to impress at Elland Road has cut his stay short. Borthwick-Jackson will return to Manchester United’s reserve team, who feature next on January 29th.
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Cameron Borthwick-Jackson returns from loan spell
Borthwick-Jackson broke into the Manchester United first team during the 2015-16 campaign under Louis van Gaal. During this time, he made ten impressive appearances in the Premier League as well as three in the FA Cup and one in the Champions League. However, as first team players – namely Luke Shaw – began returning to fitness, his first team opportunities would become limited. To continue his progression, Manchester United loaned him to Championship outfit Wolverhampton for the 2016-17 season.
Hopes were high for Borthwick-Jackson at Molineux, but the promising youngster was unable to become a mainstay in the first team. He ultimately lost his place towards the end of October – his last match for the Wanderers coming on November 5th, 2016. Borthwick-Jackson would appear once more for Wolverhampton’s U21 side, before returning to Manchester United in the January transfer window.
In an attempt to kick-start his career once again, Borthwick-Jackson joined Leeds United on loan on August 7th, 2017. Unfortunately, he appeared just once in the Championship season and was left to play exclusively in domestic cup competitions. His last two appearances for Thomas Christiansen were defeats to Leicester City in the Carabao Cup and to Football League Two side Newport County in the FA Cup; he was substituted early in both matches. Borthwick-Jackson will likely spend the rest of the season in the Premier League 2 with Manchester United’s reserves.
Though under contract until 2020, it seems Borthwick-Jackson’s career at Manchester United has run its course. In all likelihood, his next move away from Old Trafford will be permanent and for a very small fee. Yet if no offers arise, Borthwick-Jackson will likely spend the remainder of his contract on loan with lower league teams, before leaving as a free agent in two years.
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