Manchester United youngster Charlie Savage has thanked the club’s academy staff and interim manager Ralf Rangnick after making his senior debut for the club against Young Boys on Wednesday evening.
Savage, who is the son of former Derby County and Wales midfielder Robbie, stepped off the bench in the closing stages of the Reds’ 1-1 draw with the Swiss outfit, replacing Juan Mata.
The youngster, who signed his first professional contract at Old Trafford back in April, was one of several youngsters named in the matchday squad, as Rangnick looked to catch a first glimpse of those that did not feature in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.
For Savage, who doesn’t turn 19-years-old until May, it was a moment to cherish, and he has thanked Rangnick for installing “trust” in him and giving him the opportunity.
Posting on Twitter, Savage said: “Delighted to have made my first-team debut for Manchester United in the Champions League.
“I would like to thank all the academy staff for their support over the last 14 years and the manager for putting his trust in me tonight.”
The youngster, who has already been capped at Under-19s level for Wales, was closely watched entering the pitch by his dad, with him co-commentating on the game for BT Sport .
It was a very, very proud moment for the 47-year-old, who insisted the whole family was immensely proud of what he had achieved.
Ahead of kick-off, Savage Snr gave an emotional interview to BT Sport .
He said: “I’m starting to tear up actually, because what the boy has achieved. Charlie Savage has achieved so much in his young life.
“He’s never been top of his group, he’s always had to meet targets, every two years when he was on the borderline, was he going to get kept on? But his application, his work ethic, his desire, he’s humble – that has got him to where he’s got. At times I think it has been harder for him.
“When I’m stood on the sidelines people automatically think Charlie is going to be like his dad. He’s not like me, he’s his own player. I am absolutely delighted.
“My father, who’s sadly not with us, would be so proud looking down on his grandson, as proud as I am. It’s amazing what the boy has achieved.”
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