Manchester United have explained Benni McCarthy’s new role at the Premier League club.
The club confirmed McCarthy’s arrival on Saturday evening after news had broken earlier in the day.
“Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has added to his backroom team with the appointment of Benni McCarthy as a first-team coach,” the club said in a statement.
While many were left wondering what role exactly McCarthy would play as “first-team coach”, United confirmed he will work with the club’s forwards, including the like of Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jason Sancho.
“The ex-forward will specialise in coaching attacking plays and positioning,” United added.
“The coaching team is now in place ahead of the start of the 2022/23 season, with Brighton & Hove Albion visiting Old Trafford on Sunday 7 August in our Premier League opener.
“Ten Hag will work closely with assistants Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren, with Benni slotting in alongside Eric Ramsay and Darren Fletcher as coaches. Former midfielder Fletcher also has a wider remit as technical director, overseeing the path from Academy to the first team, plus players out on loan.
“Richard Hartis and Craig Mawson are the goalkeeping coaches.
“Everybody would like to extend a warm welcome to Benni, upon joining the club.”