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'Benching Ronaldo was definitely McCarthy's idea' - Bafana legend linked to Manchester United defeat

18:09 BST 02/10/2022
Benni McCarthy training Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United.
The 37-year-old forward watched from the bench as the Red Devils suffered a humiliating derby defeat at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday

South African coach Benni McCarthy has been blamed for Manchester United's decision to bench Cristiano Ronaldo in their 6-3 defeat against Manchester City on Sunday.

The 37-year-old Portuguese forward was not given game time in the derby as Erling Haaland stole the show with another hat-trick and Phil Foden also grabbed three to silence their rivals in the Premier League showdown.

Anthony Martial, who had recovered from injury, came from the bench too score two and add to Antony's well-taken effort. McCarthy joined Man United in July after manager Erik ten Hag added to him to his backroom team as a first-team coach.

His role was to handle strikers, and Ronaldo's absence against Man City has left a section of supporters on social media disappointed, with others blaming the former AmaZulu coach for the decision.

  • Ronaldo Manchester City United

    McCarthy benched Ronaldo

    Benching Ronaldo was definitely Benni McCarthy’s idea. - @KBee_Kay

  • Benni Mccarthy Manchester United 2022.

    McCarthy on leave

    I think Benni McCarthy is on leave. @MrKarabo_Legodi

  • cristiano-ronaldo-28092022

    Ronaldo not the problem

    Manchester United fans and Erik ten Hag deserve this humbling, Not because Ronaldo should be starting no but because they’ve been disrespecting him non stop. People who think Ronaldo is the problem have no shame whatsoever. - @StonedBatxx

  • Benni McCarthy, Manchester United, July 2022

    He's an African

    Tonight Benni McCarthy will be reminded that he's an African.... Wait and see. - @Black_Mathanda.

  • Manchester United

    McCarthy to blame

    This is a direct result of Benni McCarthy and I’m sick of people denying it. - @Andertainment21

  • Erling Haaland Manchester City

    Being on Man City side

    Benni McCarthy would have fancied being on the other side of Manchester today. - @lgmngomezulu

  • Manchester United coach Benni McCarthy.

    McCarthy defended

    Benni McCarthy did his job today [Sunday] but the defensive coaches let him down. 😂😅 - @Arteezy13

  • Erik ten Hag Manchester United 2022-23

    Sack Ten Hag?

    Sack him [Erik ten Hag] and he can take Steve McLaren and Benni McCarthy along with him. - @ghost_of_kicks