IAN WRIGHT was seen blowing a kiss to an “underrated” Manchester United employee ahead of the Red Devils’ FA Cup match against Fulham.
During the build-up to the game, the former Gunners striker was seen blowing a kiss at him Manchester United trainer Benni McCarthy.
Ex-Blackburn Rovers and West Ham striker McCarthy, 45, joined the Red Devils as a first-team coach last summer.
Wright has spoken out about his praise for McCarthy, praising the former South Africa international for his help Marcus Rashford rediscover his best form this season.
And before the game, Wright was seen waving and blowing a kiss to a United coach at Old Trafford.
ITV presenter Mark Pougatch then asked Wright, “Who were you blowing kisses to?”
To which Wright replied, “Benni McCarthy. Underrated.
“Underrated appointment here at Man United.
“It is no coincidence that a number of attackers are doing a lot better now that Benni is here.”
Fans on social media agreed with Wright’s comment.
One account wrote on Twitter: “Ian Wright gasses Benni McCarthy.”
Another said of McCarthy after interacting with Wright, “He deserves all the credit. What he’s done with Rashford is insane. Right now Rashford is a weapon.”
And a third tweet said: “Ian Wright says Benni McCarthy is underrated so correct he is highly rated by Manchester United fans but no one else outside of him is looked at, I think Benni is absolute.” [underrated].”
Wright recently praised McCarthy helping Rashford get back into shapewith the striker scoring 27 goals in 43 games so far this season.
He said on Match of the Day last month: “I think the acquisition of Benni McCarthy, a striker coach, has helped him.
“When you look at the movement before that goal – like Harry Maguire talking about how his header improved – it was brilliant.
“And that to me says that someone like Benni McCarthy works very closely with him. He’s improved a lot.”