Like father Like Son! Robbie Savage’s child Charlie, 17, signs his first professional contract with Manchester United … and offers to get better than his like-minded father, who failed to make a single appearance for the club
- Charlie Savage has put his first professional contract with Manchester United on paper
- The 17-year-old, the son of ex-midfielder Robbie, joined United two years ago
- He is following in his father’s footsteps by starting his senior career at Old Trafford
- After putting pen to paper, the midfielder promised to continue his hard work
Charlie Savage has followed in the footsteps of his father Robbie by signing his first professional contract with Manchester United.
The 17-year-old hopes to outperform his father at Old Trafford by breaking into the first team, as he vowed to keep working hard to impress manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Robbie Savage failed to make a senior appearance for the Red Devils after joining the club in 1991 – instead moving to Leicester City, Birmingham and Blackburn, while fellow academics like David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes continued to thrive as the famous ‘Class of 92’.
Savage Jr. expressed joy at his deal on Twitter and thanked his closed friends and family for their support in helping him land the contract while forging a successful career at The Theater of Dreams.
Charlie Savage, left, has followed in his dad Robbie’s footsteps by signing pro terms with United
He hopes to outperform Savage Snr one more time and play for the first team at Old Trafford
‘Happy to have signed my first professional contract @MUFC. I want to thank all my friends, family and everyone @neweraglobalsports for all their support. The hard work continues #mufc ‘
Savage – who has represented Wales at U17 level – joined the United Academy in July 2019 and plays as a central midfielder.
He was awarded a senior contract after starring for the Under-18s this season, scoring twice and providing five assists in 17 games.
Speaking of his ambitions at United this week, Savage said he looked up to midfielder Scott McTominay after successfully breaking through as a youngster, as well as Marcus Rashford and Brandon Williams.
‘The main inspiration for me is Scott – he’s the best with us. He’s coming to talk to us. He had a hard time in the youth team, ‘he said the sun
Savage impressed for United’s U18s this season, delivering five assists in the 20-21 season
The 17-year-old, a Welsh youth star, admits looking up to midfielder Scott McTominay (right)
‘He didn’t play many games, but he just kept going and proved that it’s not always the great players that make up the first team.
Sometimes it’s the players who might have had a backseat, but they keep pushing and pushing. Scott, Marcus Rashford and also Brandon Williams inspire us all to improve and move forward. ‘
Savage – who even shares the same long blonde hair as his father when he first joined United – revealed that Robbie is not putting pressure on him to succeed, and even thinks he’s better off the mark than his old man.
“My dad doesn’t really say too much to me,” he added. ‘He leaves that to the coaches who know better!
‘He’s there when I need him, but he always stresses to me how important it is to play for your country – and that I should be proud of what I’ve achieved so far.
‘We are different. He was tenacious, while I’m more of a ball player.
‘I think I’m a better finisher than he too! He won’t like me saying that – but if I can have half of his career then I’ll be very happy. ‘