ENGLISH Premier League giants Manchester United have appointed South Africa legend Benni McCarthy as the club’s new striker coach.
McCarthy, who is a lifelong Manchester United fan, played for Blackburn Rovers and West Ham in the Premier League, as well as a host of other clubs in a long career.
The South African was a Champions League winner with Porto in 2004, scoring twice against United in the last 16 en route to the trophy.
McCarthy left his post as AmaZulu head coach in March after guiding the South African team to a record second position in the league. In 2020/21, he was named the South African Premier League’s Coach of the Season.
The ex-forward will specialise in coaching attacking plays and positioning.
The coaching team is now in place ahead of the start of the 2022/23 season, with Brighton & Hove Albion visiting Old Trafford on Sunday 7 August in our Premier League opener.
Ten Hag will work closely with assistants Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren, with Benni slotting in alongside Eric Ramsay and Darren Fletcher as coaches. Former midfielder Fletcher also has a wider remit as technical director, overseeing the path from Academy to the first team, plus players out on loan.
Richard Hartis and Craig Mawson are the goalkeeping coaches.