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Manchester United coach Benni McCarthy has thanked Red Devils fans in his native South Africa for the ‘crazy’ support they have shown during his time at Old Trafford over the course of this season. The former Blackburn Rovers striker has been impressing Erik ten Hag behind the scenes in his role at United, who he joined in a coaching capacity following the Dutchman’s arrival last summer.
McCarthy has been widely credited with helping to transform Marcus Rashford during his time at United this season, with the England ace having enjoyed the best form of his career over the last few months. The 45-year-old’s ability to speak multiple languages is also coming in handy at Carrington and has seemingly helped to bring United’s once-fractured dressing room back together since the beginning of the campaign.
He is still held in the highest regard by football fans in South Africa, who have managed to get McCarthy’s name trending on Twitter during United games on several recent occasions. He sent a special message to his supporters as part of a wide-ranging interview with the Idiski Times, in which he acknowledged their ‘crazy’ backing and explained the pride he feels in representing his country as a coach in the Premier League with United.
“That also shows you the magnitude of the club,” said McCarthy. “It shows you how big the club is and South Africans, how crazy they are for Man United, and the fact that they have one of their own representing there is amazing.”
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McCarthy went on to offer his congratulations to Burnley midfielder Lyle Foster, who will be playing in the Premier League next season after helping the Clarets to secure an immediate top-flight return at the end of their first year back in the Championship.
“That’s like crazy, but I’m super excited,” he added. “I’m super happy for Lyle that he is here, we’ve made it and there’s another South African, so there are two now. There are two of us who are in the best and the biggest league in the world.”
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McCarthy was able to cut his teeth in coaching back in his native South Africa with managerial spells at AmaZulu and Cape Town City, who both sacked him prior to his United switch last summer. He has since gained a great deal of knowledge from working alongside Ten Hag and credits the Dutchman for restoring United’s high standards after nearly a decade of underperformance and mediocrity at Old Trafford.
“I kissed the frogs that I needed to kiss, and now I’m at my dream club,” explained McCarthy. “I want to learn as much as I can from Ten Hag. He has such humility. He is humble, he is incredible, like just a complete gentleman. He is top, top, top-notch in terms of tactics [and] in terms of the way you want to play, he has a clear team vision.”
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