Fans have pondered how Bafana Bafana’s all-time top scorer will teach Ronaldo and Co how to score after his appointment.
Reports that South African legend Benni McCarthy has joined Manchester United as first-team forwards manager has been met with excitement and disbelief by fans online.
McCarthy, a lifelong United fan, has reportedly agreed to join Erik Ten Hag’s coaching staff to work with the club’s forwards after serving as head coach of PSL sides Cape Town City and AmaZulu.
Some of the fans wondered how the former Ajax Amsterdam, FC Porto and Blackburn Rovers striker would work with Cristiano Ronaldo while others believe United’s young forwards will benefit greatly from McCarthy’s experience.
“Ek sê, Ronaldo, I told you to sprint, jou ma se poes!” 😭😭😭 Benni McCarthy is going to be a problem. 🤞🏾 pic.twitter.com/s1nd2vGxzL
— Ricky Spanish ZA🇿🇦 🍥 (@Neo_C137) July 30, 2022
Benni McCarthy goes to see Sancho and calls him laanie
— Che (@che___xo) July 30, 2022
If you saw how his football career was…
If you saw how quickly he got his badges…
If you saw what he did with Cape Town City and AmaZulu…
Then you will know how ambitious Benni McCarthy has always been 👌🏽
Still scoring goals after retirement 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/4kB2r3qrw8
— Shakes Rampedi (@ShakesRampedi) July 30, 2022
Benni McCarthy Signs For Manchester United As First Team Strikers Coach!!
We are proud of you Coach Benni 🇿🇦❤️
— Busani Mtalana (@busani_mtalana) July 30, 2022
At present, Benni McCarthy is Cristiano Ronaldo’s coach in the goalscoring department.
The man who has Jose Mourinho on speed dial is a VERY BIG DEAL. Congratulations #17 https://t.co/5iEZM9Iip6
– 2 ON THE FRONT (@TwoUpFrontPod) July 30, 2022
Benni McCarthy is the tallest South African to ever get fucked.
— tommy (@thatguyistomy) July 30, 2022
The development has also left some fans in awe of Ronaldo’s longevity given the Portuguese superstar played with McCarthy in the Premier League 14 years ago.
BENNI MCCARTHY TO COACH CRISTIANO RONALDO
14 years ago, they were fighting over the EPL Golden Shoe 🔥
1. Drogba (Chelsea) – 20 ⚽
2. McCarthy (Blackburn) – 18 ⚽
3.Ronaldo (Manchester United) – 17 ⚽ pic.twitter.com/AJ5gOFu9j2
— Soccerzela (@soccerzela) July 30, 2022
Other fans took the opportunity to relive the 2003 Champions League battle between United and Porto when McCarthy scored twice to knock the Red Devils out of the competition as Jose Mourinho’s side were crowned champions from Europe.
It’s the right time to relive this incredible moment
Benni McCarthy scores twice in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg against Manchester United. Quinton Fortune scored the only goal for United….. What a moment 🇿🇦pic.twitter.com/QzvfGz6Ckw
— Soccerzela (@soccerzela) July 30, 2022
Some fans believe this is a testament to the fact that South Africa has the best coaches.
Benni McCarthy as first-team forwards coach at Man Utd? HUGE 🔥🔥🔥
— NSP (@ditebogomailula) July 30, 2022
Benni McCarthy joins United as forwards manager. Someone tells the glaziers to bake the bread because Martial’s Ballon D’or clause is active. Benni in area 18 is like Morne Steyn dropping kicks, that ball goes through the sticks. Cape to Carrington, massive. pic.twitter.com/ru8fr6znnU
— Football and Friends (@FootyNFriends) July 30, 2022
So proud of Benni McCarthy for his appointment as manager and coach of Manchester United’s strike force.
Former UCL winner with José Mourinho, he is a man who has done everything. So well deserved, fly that South African flag high my man. First it was Quinton Fortune, now it’s McCarthy pic.twitter.com/ACFLDktPhw
— Athi Buthi (@TsweraB) July 30, 2022
McCarthy played in the Premier League for four years with Blackburn from 2006 to 2010, scoring 37 goals in 109 games before moving to West Ham in 2009 where he managed just 14 appearances in two years after which he returned home to get to Orlando. Pirates.
He inspired the Pirates team that won the treble but came after winning their first league crown, the Dutch Eredivisie with Ajax in 1998, followed by a trophy-laden four-year spell with Porto which gave two Primera Liga, a Champions League and Portuguese Cup.
McCarthy took his first coaching job with Cape Town City in June 2017 and won his first trophy as a manager when he guided them to MTN8 at the end of the season, but he was dismissed in November 2019, after which he joined AmaZulu in December 2020.
He led AmaZulu to a record second place in PSL and after guiding them to the CAF Champions League group stages, he left the club in March 2022.
McCarthy to Manchester United
How do you think Benni McCarthy will do as Man Utd forwards coach?