Manchester United have had a hectic few seasons behind the scenes in recent years with unrest amongst the fans at the owners which even threatened to get a game between The Red Devils and Liverpool postponed in 2021.
Erik Ten Hag was hired at the start of the last campaign and he got Manchester United back into the Champions League whilst also winning a major honour as they defeated Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup.
So there was a growing sense that the club may be back on their way to the top even with the owners that fans have been unhappy with for a long time.
However, this season has been another poor one compared to the high standards that Sir Alex Ferguson set throughout his tenure all those years ago as they crashed out of the Champions League finishing bottom of a simple group on paper whilst they are already 13 points off Liverpool who sit top of the Premier League.
In recent weeks though there has been a sense of belief that his won’t last for long as Sir Jim Radcliffe acquired a 25% stake in the club and also took responsibility for all football operations, now he has achieved his first big coup since being in charge.
Manchester United appoint Manchester City’s Omar Berrada as CEO
It was revealed by David Ornstein from The Athletic that Manchester United have hired Omar Berrada from Manchester City as their new chief executive.
He has resigned from his role as rivals City’s chief football operations officer and will bin the blue colours for red in a move which is seen as a big reason as to why Radcliffe’s INEOS team are a huge positive for Manchester United.
The move is seen as an upgrade for Berrada as he is set to take on a bigger role with more responsibilities with United that he ever did at City and the deal has been approved by the main owners of Manchester United, the Glazer family.
The 46-year-old has been a key man behind the scenes for Manchester City whilst they have had success under Pep Guardiola and he as seen as a big asset by the club however the deal to let him go was a mutual one as he seen it as too big to turn down whilst City did not want to stand in his way.
Berrada will take a seat on the Manchester United board and will report everything back to the owners as the hope is that this move is a catalyst for good things to return however the pressure will now be on Ten Hag now more than ever to deliver as he has new people watching over him now analysing his every move.
Whether this move causes any issues for Manchester City in the short-term remains unlikely as they chase down Liverpool in the Premier League title race but they will need to find a replacement before the summer comes around so they are organised in the transfer window.