Benni McCarthy has made a big promise as Manchester United’s new assistant coach ahead of the 2022-23 Premier League season.

The 44-year-old Bafana Bafana striker was appointed as a part of backroom staff to manager Erik ten Hag over the weekend for the upcoming campaign just four months after he quit Premier Soccer League side AmaZulu.

McCarthy will work alongside his other summer appointments of Steve McClaren and Mitchell van der Gaag at Old Trafford.

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The South African legend speaks to MUTV’s Niall McCaughan and two former Reds in Wes Brown and Quinton Fortune via the club’s official website: “I used to come off this pitch with my tail between my legs because I always used to get a hiding here!”

“I’m just excited and happy to be here. How can you not be when you’re standing in the Theatre of Dreams?”

“[I want to] help these young players, push them, change their mindset and really try to make the difference to United this season.”

“Hopefully this season we’re going to see a completely revived United, a hungry bunch of players and a team that’s going to be able to challenge to get into the Champions League and change the dynamics of the Manchester City and Liverpools.”

“There is no bigger stage than this and to be here is a privilege. They must just grasp the opportunity,”

“When you get the smallest chance that you get, you must grab it with both hands.” he added.

McCarthy started his career with Young Pirates before a spell at Crusaders, Seven Stars, Cap Town Spurs, Ajax, Celta Vigo, FC Porto, West Ham, Blackburn Rovers, and Orlando Pirates.

The Champions League winner made 79 appearances for South Africa and bang in 31 goals where he won the Golden Boot and Best Player in the African Cup of Nations 1998 tournament in Morocco.

Since retirement McCarthy has ventured into coaching where work at Hibernian, and Sint-Truiden before a spell as a first-team manager for South African sides Cape Town City and AmaZulu.

McCarthy will get his first official real taste on Sunday afternoon as Red Devils backroom staff when Manchester United welcome Brighton Old Trafford in the 2022-23 Premier League matchday one fixture.

 

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