Charlie Savage makes Man United debut.
Charlie Savage made his Manchester United debut on Wednesday evening but he wasn’t the only family member on duty at Old Trafford on the night, with dad Robbie in the BT Sport commentary box.
Millions of viewers got to witness the special moment of a father announcing his own son on to the pitch for his professional football bow.
Robbie Savage: “His nana will be in tears.”
Before kick-off, Savage Senior spoke movingly about his pride for his son after he was named on the bench by interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
During a touching monologue, the 47-year-old even dismissed the idea that Charlie would be called from the bench, saying “if he gets on to grace the Theatre of Dreams, which I didn’t do, I only did it as an away player… his nana is watching at home, she’ll be in tears.”
Despite his dad’s reservations, Charlie’s big moment did arrive in the 89th minute. With the score between the Red Devils and Young Boys locked at 1-1, the youngster was called ashore to make his first team debut, the cue for the BT Sport commentator to hand over to Robbie.
"Coming on for Man Utd, Charlie Savage for Juan Mata…"
"Wow, I never believed I'd say those words, what a proud day!"
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Robbie Savage introduces Charlie Savage.
“Coming on for Manchester United, Charlie Savage for Juan Mata,” the emotional dad began.
“Wow. I never believed I’d ever say those words here at Manchester United. What a proud day for my boy after all the hard work and the… ya know…
“What a day for me, his mother, his nana, his grandparents, and most importantly for that boy there, Charlie Savage.
“So proud of him. It’s just an amazing moment for him.”
Man United draw with Young Boys.
While it was a memorable moment for the Savage family, it wasn’t the most vintage of performances from the home side, although given that Rangnick played an under-strength team and the fact that they got to see some of the club’s academy players take to the pitch, most Red Devils supporters are likely to be in forgiving mood.
United had already secured their passage to the knockout stage of the Champions League ahead of Wednesday night’s match and you can read all of the details for the upcoming last 16 draw here.