When Jose Mourinho was appointed as Manchester United manager, there were instantly fears surrounding the youngsters at the club.
While Louis van Gaal’s two-year spell at Old Trafford won’t be looked back at with too much fondness by supporters, the Dutchman ensured he gave academy prospects chances in the first-team.
While Mourinho may have more success at United, he has a reputation of ignoring the youngster players of the club he's in charge of.
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The main beneficiary of this was, undoubtedly, Marcus Rashford. He went from an unheard of striker to England international within a few months thanks to Van Gaal’s willingness to continue to play him in the starting line-up.
But Rashford wasn’t the only teenager featuring in the first-team last season.
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Cameron Borthwick-Jackson also impressed during the 2015/16 campaign, filling in for the injured Luke Shaw.
Borthwick-Jackson’s time in the starting XI was always going to be limited this season with Shaw returning with injury, and the likes of Ashley Young and Daley Blind being able to deputise in the left-back position.
Therefore, Mourinho has decided to send the 19-year-old out on loan. It saw numerous United fans fear that this move could spell the end of Borthwick-Jackson’s future at the Theatre of Dreams.
What Mourinho told him
However, according to the player himself, Mourinho has very different plans for him.
"Mourinho has told me I've got a future there, he sees a future for me. So that's what I'm looking to do, gain experience and start there,” he said, per Manchester Evening News.
"My aim is to play as many games as I can, get as much experience as I can with the hope to go back there and challenge for a spot in the team.
"I've had interest from Premier League clubs and other Championship clubs but I wanted to come here [to Wolves] and help the club get back to where they belong, which is the Premier League. It's exciting for me."
Borthwick-Jackson managed to make 14 appearances for United last season and he insists playing regular first-team football in the Championship certainly won’t faze him.
"I just take everything in my stride, take it as it comes - that's just the sort of person I am. I don't get nervous before games, everything comes naturally to me,” he said.
The defender insists his aim is to get Wolves back into the Premier League and his new side have got off to a very good start. The Midlands club are currently third in the table, having picked up eight points from their first four matches.
One thing is for sure, Mourinho will be keeping a very close eye on him throughout the season.
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