Benni’s future at Manchester United unclear 

By Michael Madyira

Former Bafana Bafana forward Benni McCarthy faces an uncertain future at Manchester United and has started talking about possible opportunities elsewhere.

The 46-year-old is in his second season as a forwards coach at Old Trafford, working as part of manager Erik ten Hag’s backroom staff.

However, according to Manchester Evening News, new investor Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s INEOS Group is already scouting for potential replacements for Ten Hag.

Should the club part ways with the Dutchman, McCarthy could also be affected unless the new manager decides to keep him.

But the Bafana legend is already looking towards his future, expressing ambitions to be his own man after two seasons of gaining managerial experience at the highest level as an understudy.

“With the knowledge I‘ve gained and everything I’ve contributed to the team — I want to take that and then eventually become a manager,” McCarthy told YOU magazine. 

“Because once you’ve sat in the hot seat at a club and you’ve experienced the adrenaline of decision-making and leading, you want to experience that again one day.”

Ratcliffe has embarked on a cost-cutting exercise which could see a quarter of United employees being laid off.

McCarthy’s only experience as a head coach has been in the Premier Soccer League in charge of Cape Town City and AmaZulu.

His managerial stints in Europe have been working in an assistant coach role, starting at Belgian side Sint-Truiden, before the Old Trafford gig.

The 46-year-old’s name has also been mentioned as a potential future Bafana coach should Hugo Broos decide to step down.

McCarthy has also expressed interest in becoming a South Africa coach.

Pictured above: Manchester United forwards coach Benni McCarthy.

Image source: Manchester United

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