Manchester United coach Benni McCarthy praises manager Erik ten Hag for incredible work ethic
The 45-year-old joined the United backroom staff under the Dutchman for his expertise in coaching forward players.
The former South Africa international holds the highest goal-scoring record for his nation. During his professional playing career, McCarthy played for Ajax, Porto, Blackburn Rovers, and West Ham United.
McCarthy accumulated diverse experience from clubs under different leagues while being part of Jose Mourinho’s Champions League-winning Porto team.
The former South African forward spoke highly about the ‘terrifying’ work ethic of Ten Hag and the demands that come from it. He said:
“Both my jobs as a coach at Cape Town City and AmaZulu, if you put them together, it doesn’t come close to the workload that’s being done at Man United. The manager is frightening. But when you see the progress, the team is making, you don’t mind those hours you put in. When you see the success Man United have everywhere in the world… We are like superheroes.”
McCarthy has a diverse coaching background starting in 2015 as a part of the coaching staff at Scottish club Hibernian. A Belgium club, Sint-Truiden, appointed the South African as their assistant manager in September 2015.
The 45-year-old was a head-coach at Cape Town City and Amazulu but nothing comes closer to the demands at Carrington.
McCarthy was appointed first-team coach at United in July 2022 during Ten Hag’s very first season with the Red Devils. The Red Devils are lying 10th in the Premier League table after seven games after suffering four losses.
Injury crises and off-field controversies have plagued the team, making it difficult for Ten Hag to establish consistency.
The Dutchman faced criticism of his own during last Saturday’s Premier League game against Crystal Palace. Ten Hag opted to bring in Harry Maguire and Donny van de Beek when the team needed goals. Van De Beek had just 19 minutes in his bags during the Carabao Cup before the cameo.
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We think the Dutchman still has time to rectify the trajectory in which United’s current season is going. United will host Turkish club Galatasaray in the Champions League with the hope of opening their account in the competition.