THE apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.
GettyCharlie Savage is making great strides at Manchester United[/caption]
Getty Images – GettyHis dad Robbie Savage famously was a youth player with the Red Devils[/caption]
Getty Images – GettyRobbie Savage, front row second from the left, played in the Class of ’92 side alongside David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes[/caption]
Charlie Savage in pre-season action for the Red Devils against LiverpoolGetty
SunSport exclusively revealed this week that Charlie is now set to join League One side Forest Green Rovers on loan to further his development.
He has made one appearance for United’s first-team, a one-minute cameo off the bench in a Champions League game against Young Boys in December 2021.
The teenager was called up to the first-team by former interim boss Ralf Rangnick.
He was also on the bench against Crystal Palace on the final day of the last Premier League season.
Charlie signed a new United contract last May, which runs until the summer of 2025.
He was part of the first-team pre-season tour of Asia and Australia after surprising Erik ten Hag, and featured in the mid-season friendlies during the World Cup.
Savage Sr, 46, also got 39 caps for Wales – playing for clubs including Leicester City, Birmingham City and Derby County during his career.
And Charlie even shares his old man’s position – playing in central midfield, where he loves to break up the play.
LOVES A TACKLE
Ex-pro Robbie was famous for his tough-tackling style and his energy on the pitch.
What he lacked in skill, he made up for with high-energy displays.
Similarly, Charlie is a box-to-box midfielder who loves a tackle and isn’t afraid to get stuck in.
However, he’s got a bit more to his game in terms of being a creative spark and is a good passer of the ball.
In 13 appearances for United’s U21s in the Premier League 2 this season, Charlie has netted one goal.
Talented Charlie Savage is a good distributor of the ballGetty
PAHe was in the first-team matchday squad on the final day of the last Premier League season[/caption]
Back in November 2020, Charlie scored for the U18s in a 4-1 win over Newcastle, which was celebrated by Robbie on Twitter.
He wrote: “Proud of my boy, keeps going, keeps working hard, keeps listening to his coaches, he’s starting to get his rewards,” he captioned a video of Charlie’s strike.
He amusingly added: “Better finisher than his dad.”
In 2018, Savage was part of a team of first-year United scholars that travelled to Hong Kong for a tournament.
The Red Devils competed in the Jockey Club Youth Football Academy Summit, and managed to win it.
Charlie impressed in the competition against local sides and started every game.
United thrashed the HK Academy 6-1, beat HK All-Stars in the semi-finals and then overcame Guandong Under-17s 3-0 in the final.
LEICESTER-BORN, WELSH FUTURE
Charlie was born in Leicester in 2003, a year after Robbie left the Foxes to play for Birmingham.
Like his dad, Charlie Savage has chosen to represent Wales at youth level
Charlie Savage has a bright future in the gameGetty
GettyCharlie Savage has been a regular for Manchester United U21s this season[/caption]
But, proud of his father’s roots, he’s looking to follow in his footsteps and play for the Wales national team.
In September 2019, he made his debut for their U17 side.
Charlie was then called up to the U18 team, and has made one appearance with the age group.
He has also played five times for Wales U19s, scoring one goal, and was recently called up to the U21s squad.