Benni McCarthy: Fans intrigued by South African legend’s coaching role at Manchester United

Fans have pondered how Bafana Bafana’s all-time top scorer will teach Ronaldo and Co how to score after his appointment.

Reports that South African legend Benni McCarthy has joined Manchester United as first-team forwards manager has been met with excitement and disbelief by fans online.

McCarthy, a lifelong United fan, has reportedly agreed to join Erik Ten Hag’s coaching staff to work with the club’s forwards after serving as head coach of PSL sides Cape Town City and AmaZulu.

Some of the fans wondered how the former Ajax Amsterdam, FC Porto and Blackburn Rovers striker would work with Cristiano Ronaldo while others believe United’s young forwards will benefit greatly from McCarthy’s experience.

The development has also left some fans in awe of Ronaldo’s longevity given the Portuguese superstar played with McCarthy in the Premier League 14 years ago.

Other fans took the opportunity to relive the 2003 Champions League battle between United and Porto when McCarthy scored twice to knock the Red Devils out of the competition as Jose Mourinho’s side were crowned champions from Europe.

Some fans believe this is a testament to the fact that South Africa has the best coaches.

McCarthy played in the Premier League for four years with Blackburn from 2006 to 2010, scoring 37 goals in 109 games before moving to West Ham in 2009 where he managed just 14 appearances in two years after which he returned home to get to Orlando. Pirates.

He inspired the Pirates team that won the treble but came after winning their first league crown, the Dutch Eredivisie with Ajax in 1998, followed by a trophy-laden four-year spell with Porto which gave two Primera Liga, a Champions League and Portuguese Cup.

McCarthy took his first coaching job with Cape Town City in June 2017 and won his first trophy as a manager when he guided them to MTN8 at the end of the season, but he was dismissed in November 2019, after which he joined AmaZulu in December 2020.

He led AmaZulu to a record second place in PSL and after guiding them to the CAF Champions League group stages, he left the club in March 2022.

McCarthy to Manchester United

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