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The 44-year-old South African former striker will join Erik ten Hag’s coaching staff. McCarthy has been a lifelong supporter of Manchester United.
McCarthy is fluent in four languages and has worked as a manager in South Africa’s top division for Cape Town City and Amazulu.
He was named South African Premier League Coach of the Year for 2020-21, and he was offered — and declined — the position of head coach of the South African senior national team in May 2021.
He was a striker for Seven Stars in his hometown of Cape Town, Ajax, Celta Vigo, FC Porto, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United, and Orlando Pirates. He made 79 appearances for South Africa and is the country’s all-time leading scorer, as well as the only South African to do so.
to capture the Champions League
McCarthy scored two spectacular goals for Jose Mourinho’s Porto to knock United out of the competition in 2004.
“I support Manchester United and have always wanted to play for them,” he explained. “I admired players such as Mark Hughes, Andy Cole, and Ryan Giggs.”
“It broke my heart to score twice.” My ambition was to score once at Old Trafford, not to eliminate United from the Champions League. Jose Mourinho slammed me after the game because I wasn’t happy. He threatened me with expulsion from his team if I didn’t cheer up.”
Then I’d never play for him again.”
McCarthy is well-versed in the Manchester area, having lived there while playing for Blackburn Rovers. He also had a good relationship with then-young Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo at the time.