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Benni McCarthy confirmed as part of Erik ten Hag’s backroom staff at Man United

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The news that Benni McCarthy has joined the Manchester United coaching staff was confirmed on Saturday night.

Benni McCarthy. Picture: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

THE NEWS that Benni McCarthy has joined the Manchester United coaching staff was confirmed on Saturday night.

McCarthy will join Erik ten Hag’s backroom staff at the Red Devils as a first team coach.

Earlier in the day, Twitter went into a frenzy when well-known sports broadcaster Robert Marawa tweeted McCarthy would be joining the club he has supported all his life.

“I support Man United and always wanted to play for them,” he once said. “I loved players like Mark Hughes, Andy Cole and Ryan Giggs.”

The former Bafana Bafana striker will specialise in coaching attacking plays and positioning at the Red Devils.

McCarthy famously knocked out Man United in the 2004 Champions League semi-final when he scored two goals for a Porto team coached by Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese team went on to win the title, making McCarthy the only South African to lift the Uefa Champions League trophy.

He was also one of the country’s greatest exports to the Premier League where he played for Blackburn Rovers and West Ham.

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