"The Ultimate Role Model": Benni McCarthy's Manchester United Appointment Peaks South African Pride

"The Ultimate Role Model": Benni McCarthy's Manchester United Appointment Peaks South African Pride

  • News of former Bafana Bafana striker Benni McCarthy's appointment as a Manchester United first-team coach has been met with pride and jubilation
  • He will specialise in coaching attacking plays and positioning under new boss Erik Ten Hag
  • South Africans made their feelings known on social media, praising the 44-year-old for his new prestigious role

South Africans have reacted with joy and a sense of pride following Benni McCarthy's addition to Erik Ten Hag's backroom staff at Manchester United.

The former Amazulu coach will assist with attacking plays and positioning of the forwards in the team. This was just days after Banyana Banyana were crowned the champions of the 2022 Women's Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco.

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Benni McCarthy's appointment as a Manchester United first-team coach was met with jubilation. Image source: @ManUtd
Source: Twitter

The 44-year-old McCarthy, Bafana Bafana's leading all-time goalscorer, said on the club's website:

"I support Man United and always wanted to play for them. I loved players like Mark Hughes, Andy Cole and Ryan Giggs."

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McCarthy famously helped FC Porto, coached by Jose Mourinho, knock the Devils out of the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League's Last 16 stage.

Social media was brimming with praise for him:

@MelissaReddy_ said:

"Manchester United confirm the appointment of Benni McCarthy as a first-team coach to specialise in drilling attacking plays and positioning. Having known him personally for pretty much all my life, it's hard to capture how massive this for him and just how much it'll mean.

@soccerzela said:

"IN THE 18 AREA. Benni McCarthy is going to be VLOEKING Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Jadon Sancho and Co..... You love to see it "

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As reported by Sports Brief, the 44-year-old McCarthy had been out of work since being fired by Amazulu following an indifferent DStv Premiership campaign. 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.

Source: SportsBrief.com