Former Manchester United youngster Charlie Savage is feeling optimistic after making his debut for Reading at the weekend.

Charlie Savage was named as a starter for Reading at the weekend. There had been concerns leading up to the game that he would not be registered in time to play.

The situation was sorted out so Savage could play, and he played all 90 minutes in their League One opener.

Reading lost the game 1-0 against Peterborough, but the young midfielder was feeling positive after making his debut for the Royals.

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Charlie Savage impresses on debut

The former Manchester United youngster created three goalscoring chances on his debut and enjoyed his role as corner taker.

Speaking to the club website, Savage said he expects to contribute a few assists over the course of the upcoming campaign, sooner rather than later.

He said: “I think next week we will score a corner. I put a few good balls into the box, so hopefully they can be converted, then my numbers will start racking up!”

Savage also explained that his work with the United first team squad in 2021 ahead of the Young Boys game was actually good preparation for his Reading debut.

He said: “We played under a similar formation under Ralf Rangnick at Manchester United when I made my debut, so I know the system quite well and I think it is really, really effective.

“We caught them a few times with our counter-pressing, and we need to be finishing those chances.”

A chance to show what he can do

Savage is one of a number of young academy players who left the club this summer to focus on playing regular football rather than continue relying on loan spells.

Ethan Laird was lauded as ‘awesome’ by his manager after his debut for Birmingham City at the weekend, while Ethan Galbraith was in action for Leyton Orient.

Savage’s Reading aim to push for promotion from League One despite their opening day loss, and he will be pleased with the faith his manager has shown in him already.

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