Erik ten Hag set to add Benni McCarthy to coaching staff in shock move with Blackburn legend a lifelong Man Utd fan
BENNI MCCARTHY is on the brink of joining Manchester United as a first-team coach.
New Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag has been taking his time finalising his backroom staff following his appointment as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s permanent successor.
And the Dutchman has opted to add McCarthy – who was most recently in charge of South African side Cape Town City and Amazulu – to his coaching staff.
That’s according to The Athletic, who claim the former Blackburn and Porto striker’s appointment is imminent.
McCarthy is no stranger to United and Old Trafford having played against them in Porto’s memorable Champions League triumph in 2004.
The 44-year-old scored a brace in the first leg of their last-16 tie at the Estadio Dragao.
But it was a bittersweet feeling for the striker – who is a lifelong Red Devils fan.
He said: “I support Man United and always wanted to play for them. I loved players like Mark Hughes, Andy Cole and Ryan Giggs.
“So I was heartbroken to score twice.
“My dream was to score once at Old Trafford, not to knock United out of the Champions League.
“I got hammered after the game by Jose Mourinho because I wasn’t very happy.
“He told me that if I didn’t cheer up then I’d never play in his team again.”
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