April 23, 2021

Robbie Savage’s son Charlie hopes to follow in McTominay’s footsteps at Man Utd

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Robbie Savage’s son Charlie is hoping to go one better than his old man and emulate Scott McTominay at Manchester United.

Savage Sr was a member of United’s famous Class of 92, emerging from the same youth team as David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Gary and Phil Neville to sign his first professional contract at Old Trafford.

Though despite penning that deal with the Red Devils, he failed to make a senior appearance before being offloaded to Crewe in 1994.

Nevertheless, the midfielder went on to enjoy a successful career with Leicester, Birmingham and Derby, while also earning 39 caps for Wales.

Charlie Savage of Manchester United U18s in action during the FA Youth Cup match between Manchester United U18s and Liverpool U18s
Robbie Savage’s son Charlie is hoping to go one better than his old man and emulate Scott McTominay at Manchester United

Now Charlie, 17, is following in his dad’s footsteps by plying his trade for United’s Under-18 side.

But the youngster says McTominay, not his old man, is in fact the inspiration behind his aim to reach the first team.

He told The Sun: “The main inspiration for me is Scott — he’s the best with us. He comes over to talk to us. He had it difficult in the youth team.

Robbie Savage of Manchester United looks on during a Youth game at Old Trafford
Savage Sr failed to make a senior appearance for United after emerging from their Class of 92 academy side
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“He didn’t play many matches but he just kept going and he proved it’s not always the standout players who make the first team.

“Sometimes it’s the players who might have had a back seat but they keep pushing and pushing.

“Scott, Marcus Rashford and also Brandon Williams all inspire us to improve and move forward.”

Charlie Savage of Manchester United U18s celebrates scoring their fourth goal during the U18s Premier League match between Blackburn Rovers U18s and Manchester United U18s
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Savage Jr is a regular for United’s U18s and also made his first appearances for Wales U18s in a defeat against England last month.

The midfielder is now setting his sights on representing his country at senior level, adding: “My first game for Wales was two or three years ago and I’ve come through the age groups.

“I’ve always dreamed of playing for my country, it makes me proud.

“Last season was difficult because I was injured but this season I’ve played pretty much all the matches at United — and I feel like I am progressing really well.

Manchester United's Scottish midfielder Scott McTominay looks on during the English FA Cup third round football match between Manchester United and Watford
The 17-year-old has named McTominay as his main source of inspiration
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“My dad doesn’t really say too much to me. He leaves that to the coaches who know better!

“He’s there if I need him but he always stresses to me how big a thing it is to play for your country — and that I should be proud of what I’ve achieved so far.

“It’s an honour for me to play for Wales.”

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