It was a heartwarming moment during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw against Young Boys on Wednesday when young Charlie Savage made his debut as a late replacement, where his father commented on his arrival in the air.
With the score locked at 1-1 in the Champions League battle – with United already confirmed as Group F winners – Savage replaced junior Juan Mata for the final moment of the match.
His father was in the books at Old Trafford during his professional career but never made his debut for the Red Devils before joining Crewe, and later played in the Premier League with the likes of Leicester, Birmingham and Blackburn.
On BT Sports’ coverage of the match, Savage senior said: “Come on – Charlie Savage for Juan Mata. Wow, I never thought I would say those words here at Manchester United. What a proud day for my boy, all the hard work What a day for me, his mom, his grandparents and most importantly for that boy, Charlie Savage.
“I’m so proud of him, it’s a great moment for him.”
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Robbie had started choking before the match when he spoke to BT Sport about the possibility of his son making his United debut and said: “I’m actually starting to cry because of what the boy has achieved. Charlie Savage has achieved so much in his young life.
“He’s never been top of his team, he’s always had to meet goals, every two years when he’s on the edge, would he keep going? But his application, his work ethic, his will, he’s humble – it’s got him sometimes he thinks it’s been harder for him.
“When I stand by, people automatically think that Charlie will be like his father. He’s not like me, he’s his own player. I’m completely happy.”
It was another debut for a United youth, with Zidane Iqbal becoming the first British South Asian to play for the club. The 18-year-old signed on professional terms already in April and replaced Jesse Lingard, wearing shirt number 73.
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