Manchester United hire Benni McCarthy as first-team coach
Manchester United hire former Champions League-winning striker Benni McCarthy as first-team manager
Manchester United have hired Benni McCarthy as their first-team coach, according to Metro. The former striker joins Erik ten Hag’s coaching staff at Old Trafford.
McCarthy had worked as a head coach at AmaZulu FC in the top tier of South African football before coming to United. The 44-year-old has had a stellar playing career, playing for various teams across Europe.
The striker had a spell with Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League. However, McCarthy’s finest moment came in the 2003/04 season when he played an important role in Jose Mourinho’s Champions League-winning FC Porto side.
Now the South African joins United’s backroom staff. Here McCarthy will have to deal with star players and their egos and it will certainly be a big step in his career after retiring from football in 2013.
Cristiano Ronaldo plans to leave the club. The Portuguese was our top scorer last season. None of our other attackers stepped in when needed. The 37-year-old was our talisman.
It remains to be seen whether the new first-team coach will have the opportunity to work with Ronaldo. But McCarthy has his work cut out for him. If he has been made to focus on our attack, there is a lot of work to be done.
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Marcus Rashford had one of his worst seasons in a United shirt the previous campaign. The England international looked like a shell of himself, barely making an impact when played. Anthony Martial was another striker who looked lost last season.
Jadon Sancho arrived from Borussia Dortmund last summer. The 22-year-old unfortunately couldn’t replicate the form he showed in the Bundesliga.
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There were promising signs in the pre-season. Hopefully McCarthy can make the most of the players who struggled in the previous campaign.