Charlie Savage excited to join Cristiano Ronaldo in Manchester United first team training

Charlie Savage was excited to join Cristiano Ronaldo in first team training at Carrington this week.

Savage, 19, was called up by manager Ralf Rangnick as Manchester United ramped up preparations for the final game of the Premier League season.

The Wales youth international is aiming to land a spot in United’s travelling squad for the away fixture at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

He is a defensive midfielder who has been a regular for Manchester United’s under-23 side this season, making 28 appearances at youth level in all competitions.

Savage excited to join Cristiano Ronaldo

The big excitement for Savage was to get the chance to learn from Cristiano Ronaldo, described this week as a ‘giant’ by new boss Erik ten Hag.

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Ronaldo was pictured talking with Savage, who sent a message out on Instagram which read ‘always learning’.

Savage made his Manchester United debut last December in a Champions League clash against Young Boys, along with Zidane Iqbal.

His dad Robbie Savage was on commentary for BT Sport at the time when he came off the bench, an emotional moment.

But with the game against Young Boys a dead rubber, Savage did not get the chance to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, who was rested completely for the fixture and was not even part of the squad.

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This weekend would present a chance to work with more of United’s first team regulars, an opportunity interim boss Ralf Rangnick has not granted since his debut in Dcember.

Just being involved in training is a step forward, with Savage following Alvaro Fernandez, Alejandro Garnacho, Hannibal and Shola Shoretire, who have all been on the first team bench in recent weeks.

United also welcomed back Jadon Sancho, Luke Shaw, and Marcus Rashford to first team training on Tuesday, with the trio in contention to feature in United’s match at Selhurst Park.

A win is needed to ensure qualification for the Europa League, with West Ham two points back and away at Brighton.

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