Robbie Savage’s son named on bench.
Robbie Savage spoke movingly ahead of Manchester United’s game against Young Boys, as his son Charlie was named on the bench by Ralf Rangnick.
Remarkably, Savage Senior is in the BT Sport commentary box on what is an emotional night for him and his family. Pre-match, the former Wales international was quizzed about Charlie’s achievement by his colleagues.
Robbie Savage: “Charlie has achieved so much.”
“I’m started to tear up actually,” Savage said as the Old Trafford stands filled up behind him.
“What the boy has achieved. Charlie Savage achieved so much in his young life. He’s never been top of the group, he’s always had to meet targets, every two years, when he was on the borderline… was he going to get kept on?
“His application, his work ethic, his desire. He’s humble. That has got him to where he’s got. At times, it’s been harder for him.
"I'm starting to tear up…"
"It is amazing what the boy has achieved."
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Charlie follows in father’s footsteps.
“As a father who’s been a footballer, when I’m standing on the sideline, people automatically think that Charlie’s going to be like his dad. He’s not like me, he’s his own player.
“I’m just absolutely delighted. My father, who’s sadly not with us, took me all around the country and he would be looking down on his grandson, as proud as I am.”
Robbie Savage is himself a Man United academy alumnus, playing alongside the likes of David Beckham and Gary Neville, but the former Leicester City man never made an appearance for the Red Devils first team.
With qualification to the Champions League knockout stages already secured, Charlie has been drafted into the matchday squad by Rangnick, along with a host of other youngsters.
A midfielder by trade, he has made 16 appearances for United’s U23s and features regularly for Wales’ youth teams.
Fellow academy starlets Bjorn Hardley, Teden Mengi, Zidane Iqbal and Shola Shoretire have also been named on the bench for Wednesday night’s game, while Amad Diallo and Anthony Elanga make their first Champions League starts.