Ex-Man United youngster says League One club’s training ground ‘on par’ with Red Devils


Former Manchester United youngster Charlie Savage has claimed that Reading’s training ground is ‘on par’ with Manchester United’s.

The 20-year-old swapped Old Trafford for Reading during the summer on a free transfer having spent 15 years at the club.

Savage made his Manchester United debut in 2021 but opportunities were hard to come by at Old Trafford

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Savage made his Manchester United debut in 2021 but opportunities were hard to come by at Old TraffordCredit: Getty
Savage heaped praise on Reading's Bearwood Training ground

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Savage heaped praise on Reading’s Bearwood Training groundCredit: Getty
Manchester United's Carrington Training Ground has come under fire for its lack of development in recent years

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Manchester United’s Carrington Training Ground has come under fire for its lack of development in recent yearsCredit: Getty

The midfielder, son of Robbie Savage, graduated from United’s academy in 2021 and made his debut in a Champions League clash against Swiss side Young Boys, replacing Juan Mata.

The club’s infrastructure has been the target of recent criticism from fans and former player.

Old Trafford, in particular,  has come under intense scrutiny due to its structural issues with fans blaming the Glazers’ lack of investment and it appears the training ground is suffering a similar fate.

Cristiano Ronaldo was famously vocal about the club’s facilities in his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan in 2022, shortly before mutually agreeing to terminate his Manchester United contract.

Ronaldo claimed that the training facilities had not been upgraded since he left Old Trafford for Real Madrid in 2009.

And now Savage has had his say on just how surprised he was with how good Reading’s facilities are.

“Reading’s training ground- I heard it was good but I didn’t realise it was this good,” Savage told Reading’s official YouTube channel.

“Honestly, I’d say it’s on par with United at the minute.”

The 20-year-old moved to the League One struggler during the summer

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The 20-year-old moved to the League One struggler during the summerCredit: Getty

The Royals find themselves 22nd in League One after suffering relegation from the Championship last season.

In 2019, owner Dai Yongge splashed millions on refurbishing the club’s Bearwood training ground, something former United captain Gary Neville has urged the Glazers to do at his former club.

Neville told Sky Sports: “They probably need another £500-£600m on a training ground and other projects.”

Former player Morgan Schneiderlin has weighed in on the debate claiming there was a ‘weird feeling’ at the club.

The Frenchman told the Daily Mail: “For me, it’s the biggest club in the world, so the training ground needs to be more modern and other things need to change.”

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