Benni McCarthy has landed a job as an attacking coach at Manchester United.

The former Rovers striker will take up his post as part of Erik ten Hag’s backroom staff ahead of the new season.

McCarthy will have a first-team coaching role which United say ‘will specialise in coaching attacking plays and positioning’.

During a three-and-a-half year stay at Rovers, having arrived in 2006, McCarthy hit 52 goals in 139 appearances. Across an illustrious playing career, in which he scored against Manchester United for Porto in the Champions League, McCarthy hit over 150 goals in club football.

In 80 caps for South Africa he hit a further 31.

He later moved into coaching, enjoying successful spells in his native South Africa with Orlando Pirates and AmaZulu FC.

McCarthy left AmaZulu in March, having guided them to a second-placed finish, and has now landed the role as part of Ten Hag’s backroom team.

Mitchell van der Gaag will be Ten Hag’s assistant, with McCarthy working alongside fellow coaches Eric Ramsay and Darren Fletcher, with Richard Hartis and Craig Mawson as goalkeeping coaches.

A Manchester United spokesman said: “Everybody would like to extend a warm welcome to Benni upon joining the club.”