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Benni McCarthy issues verdict on Robin van Persie and makes bold prediction about Dutchman’s future in coaching

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Manchester United forward coach Benni McCarthy believes that Robin van Persie is destined to have a big future in management.

The former Red Devils striker has been pictured back at Carrington this week, at the invitation of Reds manager, and fellow Dutchman, Erik ten Hag.

Van Persie called time on his playing career three years ago and, since 2020, the Netherlands’ all-time top scorer has been working as a coach at his boyhood club Feyenoord where he began and ended his 18-year playing career.

Having seen Manchester City snatch the Premier League title from the Red Devils in the most dramatic fashion in 2012, Sir Alex Ferguson responded by signing Van Persie from Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal.

Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images

Wearing the number 20 shirt, Van Persie fired United to our 20th league title and won his second Premier League Golden Boot having scored 26 goals in his maiden campaign at Old Trafford.

United clinched the title against Aston Villa at the Theatre of Dreams with Van Persie scoring a hat-trick, which included a stunning volley past Brad Guzan following Wayne Rooney’s stunning inch-perfect lofted through ball.

The 39-year-old finished his chapter with the Busby Babes with 58 goals and 21 assists from 105 matches.

Benni McCarthy makes bold prediction about Robin van Persie’s future

Van Persie, who left United for Turkish giants Fenerbahce in 2015, is currently studying for his coaching badges and he relished spending time working with Ten Hag.

Van Persie labelled Ten Hag as “one of the best coaches in modern football”.

McCarthy, who had the opportunity to work alongside van Persie and do some finishing drills with the likes of Facundo Pellistri and Alejandro Garnacho, was full of praise for the Dutchman and the South African believes could become a “top coach”.

Commenting on van Persie’s Instagram post, McCarthy wrote: “It was an absolute pleasure having you around legend and really enjoyed our finishing session with the boys.

“All the very best with your coaching development. You have the making of a top coach.”

Passionate Football fan that completed a NCTJ-accredited Diploma in Multimedia Sports Journalism in 2016.

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