Benni McCarthy hailed as mastermind behind Manchester United’s derby glory

Benni McCarthy training Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United.Getty.

Perhaps predictably, South African supporters have moved quickly to hail Benni McCarthy—and not Erik ten Hag—as the mastermind behind Manchester United’s derby victory over Manchester City on Saturday.

Marcus Rashford, McCarthy’s protégé, was one of the heroes of the encounter, scoring the winner after playing an influential—if controversial—role in Bruno Fernandes’ 78th-minute equaliser.

While Ten Hag has received the lion’s share of the plaudits among the global media, South African Twitter users have not been slow to heap the praise on McCarthy after yet another Rashford masterclass.