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Legendary South African soccer player Benni McCarthy has signed a contract with Premier League giants Manchester United.

McCarthy will take on the role of first-team coach for the 2022/23 season.

Although he had a successful career as a player, playing for teams like Ajax, Blackburn and West Ham United as well as Bafana Bafana, McCarthy is no stranger to coaching.

The 44-year-old recently led Usuthu to their highest-ever finish in the Premier Soccer League era during the 2020/21 season. The KwaZulu-Natal based club finished second and secured CAF Champions League Football for the first time since the club was established.

Manchester United confirmed the news of its new coaching team with a tweet over the weekend.

“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.”

In a statement released by Manchester United, the club said that McCarthy will specialise in coaching attacking plays and positioning.

“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.”

Image credit: Manchester Evening News

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