Benni McCarthy makes Man Utd future clear with brutal ‘kissing’ remark

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag reviews the Aston Villa game

Benni McCarthy has made it clear that he sees his long-term future at Manchester United under Erik ten Hag’s regime. The widely-praised South African coach admits he has had to ‘kiss some frogs’ to get to his current position at one of the world’s biggest clubs.

Ten Hag added McCarthy to his staff after becoming United’s new manager last summer, confirming his role was based on attacking coaching.

And he has garnered mass praise from the Dutchman, players and fans since for his work with the club’s forward players, particularly Marcus Rashford.

The 25-year-old is enjoying the best season of his career after enduring the worst in 2021/22, registering 29 goals and 11 assists in 51 appearances.

He has credited McCarthy for his improvement, and the former Premier League striker seems to be enjoying life at Old Trafford this term just as much.

Speaking to the Idiski Times, McCarthy hailed Ten Hag for his vision in M16 and described United as his ‘dream club’ after taking up not-as-glamorous roles at the dawn of his coaching career.

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He said: “Erik ten Hag is trying to imitate the good years that brought so much joy to people’s lives.

“I’m part of his team, I’m super excited, and I couldn’t be prouder of myself for just learning what I had to learn.

“I kissed the frogs that I needed to kiss, and now I’m at my dream club. 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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After retiring in 2013, McCarthy secured his first coaching gig at Scottish club Hibernian under manager Alan Stubbs.

He then went to Belgium, becoming the assistant manager at Sint-Truiden before stepping into the managerial spotlight at South African outfits South African sides Cape Town City and AmaZulu.

After leaving AmaZulu in March, Ten Hag picked him up, and the duo have enjoyed a beneficial partnership at the Red Devils to date.

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