Despite making a whopping 346 Premier League appearances, Robbie Savage was once labelled by his former teammate Benni McCarthy as the ‘worst player’ he’d ever seen.
Savage featured in teams such as Crewe Alexandra, Leicester City, Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers, Derby County, Brighton & Hove Albion and Stockport Town, but kicked off his career at Manchester United and was part of the famous Class of ’92.
“I hated Robbie when he played against me,” his former Derby County boss Paul Jewell said in the past.
“He is one of those characters you despise when he is playing for the opposition, but you love when he is on your team. You don’t play at the top level for as long as he has by only going around kicking people.”
Savage played for the Red Devils until 1994 and 17 years after parting ways with the club, he saw his son Charlie debut at Old Trafford in United’s Champions League duel against Young Boys on Wednesday.
Interim coach Ralf Rangnick decided to rest several starters, as Manchester United had already qualified for the Round of 16, and handed debuts to four academy prodigies, including Savage who played his first game for the Red Devils aged 18 years and seven months.
“Coming on for Manchester United is Charlie Savage for Juan Mata,” said BT Sport co-commentator Robbie Savage as he announced his son’s debut.
“Wow. I never believed I would say those words. What a proud day for my boy. All the hard work.
“What a day for me, his mother, his nana, his grandparents and most importantly for Charlie Savage. I’m so proud of him. It’s an amazing moment for him.”
Former England striker Gary Lineker took to social media to congratulate the youngster for his debut and tease the 18-year-old midfielder’s father.
“Lovely moment as Charlie Savage makes his Manchester United debut with his dad in the commentary box,” said Lineker.
“A proud moment for them both. If he’s got half of Robbie Savage‘s ability then he’ll be absolutely… hopeless. Just kidding, of course. Wish him well.”