Manchester United appoint Man City’s Omar Berrada as their new chief executive as Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s sporting overhaul prepares for the first major change at Old Trafford.

Manchester United are to appoint Omar Berrada – from Manchester City – as their new chief executive in a shock move.

The highly-rated executive has resigned from his role as chief football operations officer at rivals City and will cross the big gap in the near future in what is believed to be a major coup.

Mail Sport understands that Berrado’s arrival has been driven by Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s INEOS team, who have agreed to a 25 per cent stake in the club and take control of football operations.

The swoop, which sees Berrada, 46, take on a bigger role with more responsibility across Manchester is believed to have been signed by United’s owners, the Glazer family. Insiders revealed the situation was moving at a fast pace, with Berrada being tipped as the preferred successor to Richard Arnold, who left before the INEOS deal closed.

It represents the first major decision of Ratcliffe’s men and those close to the situation were impressed by the speed with which they moved.

Manchester United are reportedly preparing to appoint Man City’s Omar Berrada as their new chief executive

Mail Sport understands that Berrado’s arrival has been orchestrated by Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s INEOS team

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Berrada is seen as a businessman who understands football and – along with City’s senior management – has been key to their recent success.

He is going with City’s blessing and the parting is understood to have been amicable. Berrada, who also worked for Barcelona, ​​is understood to have agonized over the move but saw it as an opportunity he couldn’t turn down.

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He continues to think of him at City, seeing the move as further vindication of his success and methods. Berrada is the latest to leave the Etihad Stadium for a more prominent role at another club.

A spokesman said: “Manchester City Football Club can confirm that Omar Berrada has resigned from his role as Chief Football Operating Officer of City Football Group.

«The club understands his decision to seek a new challenge and he leaves with our thanks and best wishes.»

Berrada has been at City since his arrival from Barcelona after eight years in LaLiga

Berrada will take control of United’s operations on and off the pitch. He is also expected to sit on the board and be responsible for the new ownership arrangement.

Berrada transitioned to his current role after a stint as chief operating officer. He has been at City for nine years and his departure is seen with sadness by those he worked with.


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Insiders say he worked closely with director of football Txiki Begiristain, was involved in the deal that brought Erling Haaland to City and also deserves credit for some of City’s academy successes – particularly sales to other clubs.

United have been contacted for comment.

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