Manchester United have confirmed that Benny McCarthy has been added to Erik ten Hag’s backroom team as first team manager.
It comes after sports broadcaster Robert Marawa posted the news on his Twitter account on Saturday.
Now United have confirmed that McCarthy will indeed join Ten Hag’s backroom staff.
“Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has added to his backroom team by appointing Benny McCarthy as first team coach,” United said in a statement Saturday night.
“The former South African striker was a Red Devils fan as a child and scored against us twice for Porto in the 2003/04 Champions League play-offs,” the Red Devils said in a statement.
“The ex-forward will specialize in learning to play in attack and positioning.
“The coaching team is already in place ahead of the start of the 2022/23 season: Brighton & Hove Albion will visit Old Trafford on Sunday 7 August for the first Premier League game.
“Ten Haag will work closely with assistants Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McLaren and Benny will work alongside Eric Ramsay and Darren Fletcher as coaches. Former midfielder Fletcher also has broader powers as technical director, overseeing the path from the academy to the first team as well as players on loan,” the club said in a statement.
McCarthy started his coaching career in 2017 at Cape Town City where he won the MTN8 before moving to AmaZulu in December 2020. He led Usuta to second place in the 2020/21 season and won the DStv Premiership Coach of the Season award.
The 44-year-old has been out of a job since March this year after parting ways with AmaZulu.