Paul Merson: Why this Man United teenager has a bright future

Paul Merson is backing Cameron Borthwick-Jackson to develop into a top player at Manchester United

Paul Merson is backing Cameron Borthwick-Jackson to blossom into a top player for Manchester United in the seasons to come.

The 18-year-old has been drafted into Louis van Gaal’s first team in recent weeks following United’s latest spate of injury setbacks.

Borthwick-Jackson has made three appearances for the Red Devils this season and played the full 90 minutes as United slipped to a 2-1 loss to Bournemouth last Saturday.

Former Arsenal star Merson admits that he cannot understand why Van Gaal opted to let first-team regular Patrice Evra leave the club to join Juventus in the summer of 2014.

However, the Sky Sports pundit is backing Borthwick-Jackson to become a first-team regular at Old Trafford in the future.

Merson told Sky Sports: “Patrice Evra is one that mystifies me. I still watch him now and think why did they let him go? He’s played for France nearly 70 times.

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“I’m not having a go at Borthwick-Jackson, though, he looks like he has a good future. But he is really unlucky that he has had to come into a mixed up back four to make just his second appearance.

“When you’re a young lad you want to come into a settled side with experienced players to help you out, but everybody was worrying about their own games.”

Borthwick-Jackson could feature when Manchester United return to Premier League action with a home clash against Norwich City at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. The Red Devils are currently fourth in the table.

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