Manchester United under Erik ten Hag are certainly looking for inspiration from Ajax.
The purchases made so far illustrate a clear intent to go Dutch in the transfer market with several targeted players linked with the Eredivisie giants. What started with backroom and key staff appointments now appears to be a growing trend.
As such, it comes as little surprise that the Red Devils have now added another former Ajax name to the club.
United have secured the services of Benni McCarthy as the first team striker coach. He will specialise in coaching attacking plays and positioning.
The South African player turned coach has a rich history with the club, stemming particularly from his lifelong support of the English side. Most famously, McCarthy worked against United when he represented Jose Mourinho’s Porto back in 2004 in a crucial Champions League fixture.
Manchester United confirm the appointment of Benni McCarthy as a first-team coach to specialise in drilling attacking plays and positioning.
Having known him personally for pretty much all my life, it's hard to capture how massive this for him and just how much it'll mean. pic.twitter.com/8ZPksLe8SX
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) July 30, 2022
The striker scored twice at home to ensure that despite being the underdogs, the Portuguese side had cemented the process which would culminate in them knocking out United in the Round of 16 – a nearly unheard of thing back in the day.
As such, the former Ajax man will enter the training grounds at Carrington with an experienced taste of what it takes to excel on the big stage and it will be a massive boost for the forwards he will be working with.
Of course, the weeks ahead will also reveal whether or not he will be working with any new names, particularly young ones, and especially whether one experienced hand with whom he is all too familiar, will continue to ply his trade for a club that no longer plays in the Champions League.