Benni McCarthy Scores Top Job As New Strikers’ Coach At Manchester United

Voiced by Amazon Polly

New Manchester United Manager Erik ten Hag has appointed former South African national team striker Benni McCarthy as a first-team coach.

Reports from the UK indicate that McCarthy has now accepted a role with the English Premier League side.

A 2003/04 UEFA Champions League winner with Porto, McCarthy netted 31 goals in 81 caps over his 15 years of service for South Africa’s Bafana Bafana.

The 44-year-old McCarthy will – according to reports, will work with the first-team squad at Carrington and offer particular insight to the forwards, having had a successful career as a striker in the European game.

In his playing days, McCarthy scored 32 goals in European competition and will be expected to focus on positioning and finishing with the forwards, but his work will not be limited to United’s attacking players.

McCarthy earned his UEFA Pro Coaching License in 2018. He most recently worked as head coach of SA Premier Division side, Amazulu.

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, where he spent four seasons with Blackburn Rovers and two with West Ham United.

McCarthy scored 153 goals in 422 games in his senior career.