Benni McCarthy wants to ‘make a difference’ at Manchester United

Former Premier League striker Benni McCarthy is gearing up to join Manchester United’s coaching staff this season and wants to make a difference at the club.

The 44-year-old South African superpower was appointed first-team coach on Saturday and gained his first experience as a member of United’s squad when the team played against Rayo Vallecano.

“I used to come off this field with my tail between my legs, because I was always hiding here!” said McCarthy during a brief chat with Niall McCaughan of MUTV and two former Reds in Wes Brown and Quinton Fortune.

Benni McCarthy v Manchester United (alamy)

He added: “I’m just excited and happy to be here. How can you not be when you’re in the Theater of Dreams?”

McCarthy will work closely with Ten Hag and his team, including Steve McClaren and Mitchel van der Gaag.

McCarthy briefed fans a bit more on his role, saying:[I want to] help these young players, push them, change their mindset and really try to make a difference for United this season.”

“Hopefully this season we will see a completely revived United, a hungry group of players and a team that will rise to the challenge of getting into the Champions League and changing the dynamics of the Man Citys and Liverpools.”

Alexander Garnacho at Old Trafford against Rayo Vallecano.  (Man United)
Alexander Garnacho at Old Trafford against Rayo Vallecano. (Man United)

In Sunday’s race, many youngsters were on the grid, including Tahith Chong, James Garner, Alejandro Garnacho and Ethan Laird.

Youngsters like Isak Hansen-Aaroen, Hannibal Mejbri, Zidane Iqbal and Shola Shoretire came off the couch and McCarthy has some wise words for them.

“There is no bigger stage than this and to be here is a privilege. They just have to seize the opportunity,” said Benni.

“When you get the smallest chance you get, grab it with both hands.”

Manchester United ended their pre-season tour with a draw against Rayo Vallecano. After a scoreless first half, both sides scored a goal to end the game in a 1-1 draw.

Amad Diallo, who replaced Cristiano Ronaldo, scored United’s first goal of the game when he rebounded on a strong shot from Alex Telles.

Amad Diallo celebrates goal against Rayo Vallecano (Manchester United)
Amad Diallo celebrates goal against Rayo Vallecano (Manchester United)

Falcao then hit the crossbar with an incredible shot before Vallecano equalized 12 minutes into the second half after Heaton pushed the ball of a save straight into the path of Alvaro Garcia, who made no mistake by tapping into an open net.

United tried to find a winner, but failed. Alejandro Garnacho was the man of the match for his incredible 73 minutes.

The Red Devils are now preparing for the opening game of the 2022-23 Premier League season against Brighton next Sunday at Old Trafford before heading to Brentford.

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