Benni in the 18 area as he joins Manchester United as striker coach

SA’s Benni McCarthy is one of the football minds entrusted with ending the Red Devils’ trophy drought.
South African football lovers have thirsted for a player in the mould of Benni McCarthy or Steven Pienaar to strut their stuff in the English top flight – the Premier League.
Bafana Bafana attacker Percy Tau was the last player to make a noticeable attempt, though he never broke into Brighton’s first team before moving on to join Egyptian giants Al Ahly.
Now, South Africans will get something akin to their wish with the news that McCarthy has returned to the Premier League. The former Blackburn Rovers and West Ham attacker has been roped in by Manchester United as striker coach for its first team.
McCarthy was the last appointment made by new manager Erik Ten Hag to his backroom team before the 2022/23 season began at the weekend. The former AmaZulu coach will work closely with the boss and his other summer appointments, Steve McClaren and Mitchell van der Gaag, as the Red Devils aim to arrest a hellish five-year trophy drought.
Ten Hag replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjær as full-time first-team manager of the English giants. The Norwegian was relieved of his duties in late 2021. German Ralf Rangnick was appointed as interim manager while United searched for Solskjær’s successor. They eventually settled on Dutchman Ten Hag.
Cape Town to Manchester
Coincidentally, Ten Hag’s previous place of employment before joining United was at the club where McCarthy made his entrance into European football as a 20-year-old – Dutch side Ajax Amsterdam.
The Dutch defender-turned-manager spoke to the Red Devils’ media department about the thinking behind McCarthy’s appointment at the club.
“There was still one place in our coaching staff that I wanted to fill,” Ten Hag told MUTV, “someone with a different voice, and Benni is that one.”
“He has experience as a manager, he was a coach in the professional level and was a former striker – a really successful striker as well. He will focus on positioning and attacking. I’m not only for the strikers, but also the integration from the full-backs and midfielders,” Ten Hag said.
McCarthy is not the first former Bafana Bafana player to find himself at the Manchester club. Fellow Capetonian Quinton Fortune also landed a coaching job in the red half of Manchester back in 2019, as assistant coach of the team’s under-23 side.
Speaking about his United role, Hanover Park native McCarthy said: “[I want to] ...