Manchester United forward coach Benni McCarthy has been tipped to get a managerial job in England by South African manager Gavin Hunt.

The 45-year-old joined Erik ten Hag’s coaching staff at Old Trafford at the end of July.

The 80-time former South Africa international, who became the third South African to represent Manchester United, was appointed as the club’s forward coach.

Prior to joining United’s coaching staff, McCarthy was assistant manager at Belgian Jupiler Pro League side Sint-Truiden before returning to his country to manage Cape Town City and AmaZulu FC.

Manchester United coach Benni McCarthy tipped to get managerial job in England

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SuperSport United coach Hunt feels McCarthy can become a manager in Europe after his current role with the twenty-time league champions.

“If you don’t get opportunities, how do you go? Look at Benni [McCarthy]’s situation now, he has one foot to get into a coaching job in England if he leaves there,” said Hunt as per Phakaaathi.

“He can get a chance at a decent level and what helps is the playing career, it can help.”

While McCarthy is one of a few South African coaches plying their trade overseas, Hunt has backed the former Porto and West Ham United striker to become the main boss at a club in England in the future.

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Fellow South African and former Manchester United man Quinton Fortune had a spell being Neil Wood’s assistant manager for United’s Under-21s from July 2019 to September 2020.

The former Atletico Madrid player also had a special at Reading where he was The Royals’ technical coach, but Fortune, who has previously been a regular pundit on MUTV is coaching in Mexico.

Throughout the World Cup in Qatar, McCarthy has praised several Manchester United first team stars, who have impressed the South African, with comments on Instagram.

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