Bafana Bafana Legend Benni McCarthy Joins Manchester United as Strikers Coach at Erik Ten Hag's Request

Bafana Bafana Legend Benni McCarthy Joins Manchester United as Strikers Coach at Erik Ten Hag's Request

Keba Mothoagae
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:08 PM
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  • The Old Trafford rebuild project continued with the appointment of Bafana Bafana great Benni McCarthy as Manchester United first team coach
  • McCarthy famously helped Jose Mourinho-coached FC Porto knock the Red Devils out of the 2004 UEFA Champions League tournament
  • He had been jobless since being unexpectedly sacked by Amazulu in the DStv Premiership

Former South African international striker Benni McCarthy has been appointed by Manchester United as the first team's strikers coach.

The 44-year-old McCarthy had been out of work since being fired by Amazulu following an indifferent DStv Premiership campaign.

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New Manchester United strikers coach Benni McCarthy outside the club's Carrington Complex. Image source: @robertmarawa
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According Manchester Evening News, he was roped in by new manager Erik Ten Hag as he looks to rejuvenate the fallen club. McCarthy will reportedly work with the forwards at Carrington considering his illustrious career that took him from Ajax Cape Town, Celta Vigo, FC Porto, West Ham, Blackburn Rovers and Orlando Pirates.

McCarthy will focus on positioning and finishing with the forwards, but his work will not be limited to United's attacking players.

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Arguably his finest hour as a professional, he scored two goals against the Red Devils in the 2004 UEFA Champions League Last 16 first leg for Porto -coached then by Jose Mourinho - in a 2-1 victory. This went a long way in seeing the club winning the competition that season.

Besides all of this, he is a renowned United supporter back home in South Africa.

He retired as Bafana Bafana's leading all-time top goalscorer with 31 goals.

It’s Fergie Time: Sir Alex Ferguson gets top job at Manchester United, he now has more influence at Old Trafford

Celebrated manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been handed a formal job at Manchester United, almost a decade since he called time off his coaching career.

Now 80 years, Ferguson alongside legendary Manchester United captain Bryan Robson, current football director John Murtough and David Gill have been appointed to a think-tank at the club by current Chief Executive Richard Arnold, Sports Brief reported.

Sir Alex Ferguson will now have more influence at Old Trafford since his official retirement in 2013.

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