Teenage Manchester United prospect Charlie Savage has chosen to join Forest Green on loan for the rest of the season.
It had recently been reported by The Sun that United would allow Savage to depart Old Trafford before the transfer window closed.
The Wales Under-21 international came off the bench to feature in both of United’s winter friendlies against La Liga sides Cadiz and Real Betis during last month’s training camp in Spain.
Savage also impressed in pre-season, when handed substitute appearances in the heart of midfield, but has not played for the senior side under Erik ten Hag yet.
Savage to join Forest Green on loan
Last season, he made his senior debut under Ralf Rangnick, when he came off the bench in a 1-1 Champions League draw with Young Boys.
Bryan Robson is a man who knows a thing or two about what it takes to be a Manchester United central midfielder, and said of Savage back in July: “Charlie Savage has done well in the two games.
“He’s worked hard, he hasn’t given ball away, he closes people down really well.
“He’s done nothing really wrong at the moment. This is a good opportunity to impress the manager.”
He certainly cannot be accused of taking the easy option, as the BBC’s Simon Stone tweeted out the move Savage is expected to make.
Forest Green sit bottom of League 1, having been promoted to that level of the pyramid for the first time in their history this season.
With 19 games remaining, they are four points adrift of safety, and Savage will hope to help his new club pull away as soon as possible.
Otherwise, he risks being in the same position of another talented midfielder in Ethan Galbraith, who was relegated from the third tier last season with Doncaster Rovers.
The 19-year-old will get experience of men’s football in this first loan spell of his career, going and playing games which matter and United fans will be keeping an eye on his progress.