Victor Lindelöf was long touted as the January resolution to Manchester United’s issue of defensive depth, though José Mourinho has instead come up with a rather simpler solution. Mourinho will this week reportedly recall young full-back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, who has spent the first half of the campaign in the Championship with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
However, Borthwick-Jackson, who established himself in the United first-team squad under Louis van Gaal, has scarcely featured for Wolves, making just six Championship starts and appearing on the bench only thrice more. It’s seemingly not sufficient to make the spell worthwhile, and so Mourinho is killing two birds with one stone by bringing him back to Old Trafford.
Of course, Borthwick-Jackson isn’t likely to see any more game-time at United, but at a time when Eric Bailly is away at the Africa Cup of Nations, and Marcos Rojo is sidelined with a muscular injury, the added depth may just allow Mourinho to breathe a little easier.