Manchester United Appoint Benni McCarthy As First Team Coach
Manchester United have appointed former South African footballer and coach Benni McCarthy as a first-team coach.
Erik ten Hag has added the 44-year-old who will work with the first-team squad at Carrington and will offer particular insight to the forwards, having had a successful career as a striker in the European game.
McCarthy will focus on positioning and finishing with the forwards, but his work will not be limited to United’s attacking players. Posting on Twitter on Saturday, Manchester United said:
Welcoming a new face to our coaching team… Great to have you on board, @bennimccarthy17
The former FC Porto striker has managed Cape Town City and Amazulu in his homeland since 2017 but left his role with the latter in March after leading them into the CAF Champions League.
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He has now accepted a role with United to begin a coaching career in Europe. McCarthy is a United fan and has experience in the Premier League, having spent four seasons with Blackburn Rovers and two with West Ham United.
McCarthy’s career in brief:
McCarthy began his career in Europe with Ajax, spending two seasons in Amsterdam in the late 1990s.
He also played for Celta Vigo and Porto before moving to the Premier League.
He scored 153 goals in 422 games in his senior career and netted 31 times in 79 caps for South Africa.