Robbie himself was a product of the famous Manchester United youth set-up. But never really made it to the first team. He became a regular at Leicester City and later joined Derby County, where he ended his playing career. He also made 39 appearances for the Wales national team. Robbie is now a pundit for the BBC.
His son Charlie has been a key player for United’s youth team this season. He has scored two goals and provided five assists in 17 U-18 games. This has seen him called up for the U-23 squad, which is the Premier League 2. He has appeared on the bench for them for a couple of times this season. He has also earned a call-up for Wales at the youth level.
Mainly a midfielder like his father, Charlie can play as a left-back as well. Clearly, he is a talented player with great technical quality.
Charlie’s role model is McTominay
Charlie Savage took to Twitter to announce the news that he has signed his first professional contract for Manchester United. He thanked his family and friends and said that hard work continues.
The youngster also revealed that he inspires to be like current United midfielder Scott McTominay. He also hoped that he can follow the footsteps of Red Devils academy graduate McTominay. He said:
“The main inspiration for me is Scott – he’s the best with us. He comes over to talk to us. He had it difficult in the youth team. Scott didn’t play many matches but he just kept going and he proved it’s not always the standout players who make the first team.
Sometimes it’s the players who might have had a back seat but they keep pushing and pushing. Scott, Marcus Rashford and also Brandon Wiliiams all inspire us to improve and move forward.”
United’ incredible youth set-up suits Savage
Charlie Savage is just one of the many talented players in United’s academy. The club’s youth set-up is stacked with emerging talents. And the Red Devils have a tradition of bringing those talented players into the first team.
The Class of 92 is a prime example. They dominated world football for years and won numerous trophies. The team produced some of Premier League’s finest players. Currently, they have the likes of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Den Henderson, and Scott McTominay, Axel Tuanzebe, who are all playing for the first team having come through the academy. He is United’s most expensive signing, but even Paul Pogba came through the academy.
In December 2020, when United played Everton, it was the 4000th senior match in succession in which at least one youth graduate has been in United’s matchday squad. The streak began way back in 1937. The club’s dedication to the development of youth players is a core part of the club’s identity.
So, Charlie Savage has a great chance of making it to the first team, something his father couldn’t do.