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Manchester United defender completes loan exit

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has joined Championship promotion hopefuls Leeds.

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Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has left the club for Leeds United on a season-long loan. The 20-year-old — who made his first-team breakthrough under Louis van Gaal a couple of years ago — hasn’t ever been able to establish himself as a regular, and has left Old Trafford in the hope of some more game time.

It is his second Championship loan move in as many years, with the academy graduate having spent a spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers last season. Interestingly, Leeds were not the only club interested in Borthwick-Jackson’s services — that’s according to ESPNFC. They claim that Ajax were also interested; alas, Borthwick-Jackson apparently wasn’t. It remains unclear whether the Dutch side were after a temporary or permanent move.

Truth be told, Borthwick-Jackson has never really showed enough to suggest he’s capable of making it at Old Trafford, and the fact he was omitted from José Mourinho’s touring squad this summer suggests the gaffer thinks the same. But let’s hope CBJ has a great season at Leeds and proves us all wrong — there are few things better than a local lad breaking into the big time.