Benni McCarthy has been named as one of Manchester United's new first-team coaches, and manager Erik ten Hag has explained why he made the choice.
The Red Devils, the team he grew up watching and against whom he scored a brace in the UEFA Champions League 18 years ago, announced at the weekend that the former Cape Town City and AmaZulu manager had been appointed a striker coach.
Although McCarthy's hiring appeared to come as a surprise to South African football fans, Ten Hag is certain that McCarthy will give his coaching staff a "different voice"
Ten Hag words when asked about Benni McCarthy's appointment
According to him, there was "There was still one place in our coaching staff that I wanted to fill,"
Benni is the person with the distinctive voice.
He has managerial experience. He was a professional coach as well as a very accomplished striker in his earlier career.
McCarthy would support the team's attacking organisation, the Dutchman continued.
He continued, "He will focus on the positioning and attacking,"
"I am not just referring to the attackers; I am also referring to the fullbacks and midfielders' integration. Our playing style must be dynamic.
McCarthy spoke about his choice to join Ten Hag's initiative in England while watching United's preseason friendly against Rayo Vallecano on Sunday, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Reaction of supporters
From Cape Flats to Manchester
It is our moment, South Africam moment, started by Banyana, another big moment on the cards, still loading. The gods are smiling
Wow that's all I can say nothing is in possible if you have the tools
Find someone who looks at you like Coach Quinton is looking at Coach Benni.... Super super proud moment
Benni and Quinton,Africa is so proud of you guys
Congratulations to Benni McCarthy. Please make South Africa proud.
He made sure he scores against Man U
I still feel like l am dreaming.. I didn't see this one coming
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