Manchester United youngster Charlie Savage could have a chance to make his Champions League debut tonight.
UEFA.com listed Savage as one of five young players added to United’s squad list over the past 24 hours, along with Bjorn Hardley, Zidane Iqbal, Charlie Wellens and Sam Mather.
Savage has a chance of being named on the substitute’s bench for tonight’s game against Young Boys, with United already qualifying for the knockout stages.
Manager Ralf Rangnick has an opportunity to look at his whole squad and young players like Savage is one of the five talents who could be in line for a surprise first team debut.
A family occasion
A first team chance for Charlie Savage tonight could be a moment to remember for the Savage family.
Dad Robbie Savage is expected to be on commentary for BT Sport for United’s fixture, and it could be a dream come true for the ex-Wales ace to commentate on his son’s first team debut, in the Champions League too.
Robbie Savage was a former Manchester United trainee, who won the FA Youth Cup in 1992. But he never made his debut for the first team, and went onto have a successful career elsewhere.
Charlie Savage wants to be his own man
Charlie Savage is a central midfielder like his dad, although he did fill in at full-back for the under-18s last season.
Savage has stepped up to the under-23s this season, also featuring in the EFL Trophy and UEFA Youth League.
He has four assists this season, and while he has not scored, he claimed one in the EFL Trophy against Bradford which was later recorded as an own goal.
Savage is a Wales under-19 international, with one goal in five matches for his country at that level.
Speaking to The Athletic earlier this year, Savage said: “It’s nice to replicate what he’s done, but I like to think I’m my own player. Looking forward I want to be known for being me and not just my dad’s son.
“He doesn’t really get too involved because he likes for me to work things out for myself. But he is always there if I need to ask him a question.”
Savage was pictured training with Manchester United’s first team a fortnight ago, and at just 18, is a player with a lot of potential.
The youngster plays in a position where United are low on quality depth, and if he is able to impress new boss Ralf Rangnick, he could end up making a Scott McTominay-like rise to the first team.
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