MANCHESTER UNITED fans joked “we need to talk” after historic tweets from their incoming CEO were exposed.
The Red Devils caused shockwaves yesterday when news broke of their successful poaching of Omar Berrada from rivals Manchester City.
Berrada, 46, completed his shock switch across Manchester after 13 trophy-laden years working at the Etihad.
However, the move led to supporters digging up some old posts from Berrada – and it does not make pretty reading for the incoming chief.
And he could be set for some slightly awkward first meetings after appearing to mock the Old Trafford club and publicly revealing he wanted them to lose matches.
One from 2012 said: “Stuck at the airport ’cause of snow delays. Killing time watching Man United vs Chelsea on my iPad via Sky Go. And hoping for a Man U loss…”
He then added: “Goal! Chelsea 2-0 Manchester United. Oh yeah! Viva la Spanish Connection!”
Berrada also commented: “Good timing for Virgin Money to start shirt sponsorship with Newcastle. 3-0 win vs Manchester United.”
In a further tweet, he typed: “Watching the Man Utd vs Bayern 1999 UCL final on ESPN Classic. I had forgotten how much Bayern really deserved to win that match.”
A controversial comment about a club legend read: “Saw a documentary on George Best. Amazing player that didn’t hit his full potential. And it’s curious how much his style resembled Messi’s.”
He slammed a big-name signing when he posted: “Report claims Manchester United overpaid by £24m for Angel Di Maria.”
And he also shared a Guardian article titled: “Manchester United: How did they get into this mess?”
Unsurprisingly, after the tweets resurfaced, United fans were not best pleased.
One said: “Berrada we need to talk about those old tweets big chief.”
Another wrote: “He’s probably gonna need to delete some tweets….. quickly.”
A third added: “We’re still in this damn mess, come save us Omar.”
However, others were less concerned.
One responded: “These Omar Berrada tweets are gold.”
And someone hit back: “People mocking Omar Berrada’s old tweets, but the hilarious part is it just proves how damn big we are. Hate us all you want, but when we call, they answer.”
Berrada will head up football and business operations at Old Trafford and is tasked with taking the club back to the top of English and European football again.
Despite United confirming the high-profile acquisition on Saturday evening, Berrada may have to wait until the end of the season to start working in his new role as CEO – as he replaces Richard Arnold and interim Patrick Stewart in the Old Trafford boardroom.
United said: “The Club is determined to put football and performance on the pitch back at the heart of everything we do. Omar’s appointment represents the first step on this journey.
“As one of the most experienced football executives at the top of European football, Omar brings a wealth of football and commercial expertise, with a proven record of successful leadership and a passion to help lead change across the Club.
“He is currently serving as Chief Football Operations Officer for City Football Group overseeing 11 clubs across five continents and, prior to this, held senior roles at Barcelona.
“It is our stated ambition to re-establish Manchester United as a title-winning club.
“We are pleased that Omar will be joining us to help achieve that goal, so that, once again, United fans can see, in the words of Sir Matt Busby, the red flag flying high at the summit of English, European and world football.”