Robbie Savage could have been just another Manchester United reject. Instead, he used the Old Trafford scrapheap as a springboard to become one of the most instantly recognisable footballers in the Premier League, despite being told by Sir Alex Ferguson he was not good enough to stay in the class of ’92 alongside David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Gary Neville.
For the last 17 years, Savage has carved out a reputation as a hard man and wind-up merchant with an unerring ability to grab a headline. From deliberately getting Tottenham’s Justin Edinburgh sent off in a Wembley cup final to the ‘Jobbiegate’ row with referee Graham Poll and the bust-ups with John Toshack, Rio Ferdinand, Graeme Souness and Paul Jewell, the list is endless. (pb)