Charlie Savage has been training with Manchester United’s first-team during the international break. And the midfielder has more motivation than most to break through at Old Trafford.
The Class of 92 has gone down in history, but not every player made it at United. Alongside the six youngsters who became club regulars, a few carved out careers elsewhere while some faded away all together.
Robbie Savage sits firmly in the second category. He had a fine career yet never kicked a ball for United’s first-team. But another player with that name could make waves of his own some 30 years later.
Charlie Savage will be aiming to do what his father couldn’t and make it at United. The early signs are good. He impressed at U18 level, scoring three goals and providing seven assists in 26 outings.
Now he is a regular for the U23s, featuring seven times this season and impressing predominantly in a holding midfield role.
Savage need only look at his dad to know the hard work starts here. But he certainly has it in him.
With a bit more luck, Savage senior may have got a chance at United. Instead he watched as the likes of Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville took the club to new heights.
The future is bright
He will no doubt have spoken to his son about the hard work, desire and luck needed to make it at the world’s biggest club. Now Savage junior has his future in his hands.
United’s next generation is extremely exciting. In fact, it could be argued that this bunch of youngsters is the best the club has developed in three decades.
Hannibal Mejbri, Shola Shoretire, Anthony Elanga and the rest should all make it. And this time, hopefully, a Savage will join them.