Man Utd hand coach job to West Ham flop who knocked them out of Champions League

Manchester United have appointed former West Ham flop Benni McCarthy as a strikers coach for the new season.

McCarthy is best remembered for his time in England for his spell at Blackburn Rovers – where he earned the unenviable tag of a one-season wonder. The South African failed to reignite that form, and he struggled after moving to Upton Park.

However, McCarthy once knocked the Red Devils out of the Champions League as Jose Mourinho's young Porto side went on to conquer Europe. McCarthy bagged twice against united as the Special One pulled off one of football's greatest upsets.

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McCarthy, who has coaching experience in his homeland, will link up with Erik ten Hag's new-look coaching staff.

The South African will focus his work on the forwards, and he will be tasked with aiding United's stars with their positioning and finishing. McCarthy is also a close friend of Ten Hag's assistant Mitchell van der Gaag.

McCarthy will join Van der Gaag and Steve McClaren as the new faces in Manchester.

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McCarthy is a self-proclaimed United, fan and he admitted it hurt to score against the Red Devils: "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.

"I got hammered by Jose Mourinho after the game because I wasn't very happy. He told me that if I didn't cheer up, I'd never play in his team again."


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