Benni McCarthy and Manchester United: A Short but Impactful Stint

Benni McCarthy’s chapter at Manchester United is coming to a close. The South African striker turned coach joined the Red Devils in 2022 under new manager Erik ten Hag, but his two-year contract expires at the end of June 2024 and won’t be renewed.

Their “split” isn’t exactly dramatic, but their time together has come to an end. So, while McCarthy’s presence at Old Trafford is over, it wasn’t a bitter breakup. Both sides seem to be moving on to their next chapters. What we know: 

  • Contract Expiry: McCarthy’s two-year contract as a striker coach for Manchester United simply isn’t being renewed.
  • Mutual Decision: It seems like an amicable parting. There aren’t reports of any disagreements or issues between him and the club.
  • McCarthy’s Future: He reportedly has his sights set on returning to management after this experience with United.
  • United’s Next Steps: Manchester United are looking for replacements for McCarthy and another departed coach, Eric Ramsay. 

    Positive Impact

    Positive contributions marked McCarthy’s time at Manchester United. He primarily worked with the club’s forwards, specifically credited with playing a key role in Marcus Rashford’s resurgence.  Rashford had struggled for form in the seasons before McCarthy’s arrival, but under his guidance, rediscovered his scoring touch, netting 29 goals across all competitions in the 2023/24 season.

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Looking Ahead

Reports suggest that McCarthy’s departure is amicable and stems from his desire to return to management. He previously managed South African clubs Cape Town City and AmaZulu. On the other hand, Manchester United will be looking to fill the void left by McCarthy and another departed coach, Eric Ramsay.

Uncertain Future

While Manchester United are searching for replacements, McCarthy’s future destination remains unclear.  There have been rumors of interest from Major League Soccer clubs in the United States, but he could also return to South Africa and potentially manage a team there.  Some reports even suggest he harbors a dream of one day managing Manchester United itself.


Despite the short duration of his stay, Benni McCarthy left a positive mark on Manchester United.  His coaching played a part in revitalizing a key player, and his experience is sure to be valuable as he pursues his next managerial challenge.