Man Utd icon 'approached by Erik ten Hag' and it could spell the end of McCarthy

Man Utd icon ‘approached by Erik ten Hag’ and it could spell the end of McCarthy

Manchester United are reportedly eyeing up a move that would see former player Ruud van Nistelrooy join Erik ten Hag‘s coaching team.

Ten Hag is said to be planning a summer shake-up at Old Trafford, with Van Nistelrooy mooted as a potential addition to his backroom staff.

Van Nistelrooy’s last job was as first-team manager at PSV Eindhoven, but the ex-Red Devils ace left his position at the end of the 2022/23 campaign.

And now, with the 2024/25 season fast approaching, Van Nistelrooy has been approached by the Premier League outfit, as per Fabrizio Romano.

It’s claimed the Dutchman is fancied by compatriot Ten Hag, who wants to bring him in as a coach.

The news could be potentially fatal for recently relegated Burnley, with Van Nistelrooy heavily tipped to replace Vincent Kompany at Turf Moor.

But it may also prove detrimental for current United coach Benni McCarthy, whose contract with the three-time European champions is set to expire this summer.

McCarthy was hired when Ten Hag arrived in England two summers ago, but the South African hasn’t been offered an extension, with his future at the club in doubt.

That’s despite Ten Hag reportedly pushing for an extension, having been credited with changing the fortunes of several players.

Brought in as an attacking coach, McCarthy is believed to have inspired Marcus Rashford’s 2022/23 campaign, which saw the local hero register 40 goals in 56 appearances across all competitions.

Then there’s Rasmus Hojlund, who might not have reached the heights expected of the £72million signing, but it’s claimed

McCarthy has had a positive influence on the Dane.


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