Cameron Borthwick-Jackson admits a place in Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United pre-season squad would “mean a lot” to the youngster following his breakthrough season for the club, and recently-penned new contract.
The young defender impressed throughout his 14 appearances in 2015/16 and last month signed a new deal, keeping the defender at the club until 2020.
The 19-year old also picked up the Under-21 Player of the year award at the club’s end of season awards and he now hopes he can impress his new boss if selected to join the group flying out to China next month for the tour.
In an exclusive interview with ManUtd.com he said, “It would mean a lot to me because I want to continue after breaking through last season and push myself into the managers thoughts as a regular. It would be a great experience to adapt with the team and be away with the team.”
“Playing in the first team was a fantastic experience last season. This club has always been about hard work and dedication and that has stood me in good stead. It is not easy, but you have to keep pushing and I have driven on, worked on my game and hopefully I can keep preforming well.”
Borthwick-Jackson visited China with the clubs Under-15’s back in 2012 for the Premier Cup, and believes returning to the country to take on Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City will be a unique experience.
“I have been there before for the Premier Cup and it is a lovely country with great tradition. We went to watch the local team in Shanghai and there were loads of United fans there. The support is incredible over there.”
“They will be both tough games. We obviously know about City and as a Mancunian, it means a lot to me. Dortmund will be tough too, they press well and have got real quality. It is better to challenge yourself against teams like that. It can help you hit the ground running playing teams like that.”
“Pre-Season is always a very important time as it sets you up for the rest of the campaign and gives you a confidence boost. You are hopeful of a good first game then look to sustain it.”