Reacting to Neville's retirement, Savage wrote in the Mirror: "Gary Neville will be remembered by football as England's best-ever right-back and as a Manchester United legend.
"He'll be remembered by me as the kid with the dry wit who used to crack me up when we were in United's youth team together. I used to pile in Gary's Peugeot with David Beckham and Keith Gillespie and head off to watch Gary play cricket.
"He was good at that too.
"At United, if you had an opinion about everything and got into everyone's business, you were known as "busy". Gary certainly fulfilled both of those things and because his dad was called Neville Neville, his nickname at the club was Busy Busy!
"When we were all starting off, Gary wasn't the best right-back among us. That was Chris Casper, with Gary playing centre-half. And I don't remember him being a massive United fan either - he'd go off with his dad to watch Bury."