Ex-Man Utd ace who was ‘Van Gaal’s favourite’ struggling for game-time in Poland

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson was once a favourite of Louis van Gaal at Manchester United but is now struggling for game-time in Poland.

The 26-year-old burst onto the scene in his debut season with the Premier League giants where he made 14 appearances in all competitions under the Dutchman in the 2015/16 campaign. The United academy graduate grabbed his chance in the first team after a defensive injury crisis forced Van Gaal to look to youth for reinforcements.

The Manchester-born left back made his debut for his boyhood club against West Brom in November 2015, and the 72-year-old said he was "impressed" by Borthwick-Jackson. "I have seen him once or twice and I have been impressed by him," Van Gaal said. "I knew that Marouane Fellaini was injured, so I talked with Warren Joyce and asked what he had for me.

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"I’m always talking with him or Paul McGuinness, and he said at the moment the left full-back is in good shape. I needed a left full-back because Marcos Rojo had played a few games in a row, so I have to take into account that it might be too much. I put Cameron in the line-up without any fear, and I have to say he did very well."

Despite his breakout season, the defender would never play for United again after several loans in the lower divisions of English football to the likes of Wolves, Leeds, Scunthorpe, Tranmere and Oldham, before he was released in 2020. Borthwick-Jackson signed for Oldham Athletic that same year before joining Burton Albion where he spent two years at and made 72 appearances, but he was recently released by League One club earlier this year.

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The full-back left England for the first time in his career in July to join Polish side, Slask Wroclaw, where he signed a two-year deal. It's not been a fruitful move thus far, however, as he's played just one minute of football since joining the club. That singular minute of action came just last week.

He's failed to make the squad for five matchdays as he looks to get his once burgeoning career back on track in the Ekstraklasa.

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