Manchester United add Benny McCarthy to Eric ten Hag’s coaching staff

Benny McCarthy will become the first team coach for Manchester United.

He will add the former South African striker, 44, to Eric Ten Hag’s coaching staff. McCarthy is a constant fan of Manchester United.

McCarthy speaks four languages ​​and works as a manager in the South African Premier League in Cape Town City and Amazulu.

He was named South African Premier League Coach of the Year for 2020-21, and in May 2021 he was offered – and rejected – the position of head coach of the South African national team.

As a striker, he played for Seven Stars in his native Cape Town, Ajax, Celta Vigo, Porto, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham and Orlando Pirates. He played 79 games for South Africa and is the country’s all-time leading scorer, as well as being the only South African to win the Champions League.

In 2004, McCarthy scored two superb goals for Jose Mourinho’s Porto team to knock United out of that tournament.

“I support Man United and I always wanted to play for them,” he said. “I’ve loved players like Mark Hughes, Andy Cole and Ryan Giggs.

“So I was sad to score two goals. My dream was to score once at Old Trafford, not to get United out of the Champions League. I was defeated after the match by Jose Mourinho because I wasn’t very happy. He told me that if I didn’t cheer I wouldn’t play for his team again.” “.

McCarthy is familiar with the Manchester area as he lived there when he played for Blackburn. During that time, he was also on good terms with then young United striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

(Photo: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)

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