Manchester United’s new CEO Omar Berrada has some explaining to do when he starts his new job at Old Trafford. The Spaniard, who has been lured from rivals Manchester City, has a history of scathing tweets about the Red Devils.
Berrada has been appointed as United’s new CEO, replacing Richard Arnold. Incoming investor Sir Jim Ratcliffe is widely reported to have driven the idea behind capturing Berrada from arch-rivals Man City.
But there could be some awkward exchanges when Berrada formally begins his new role, with a start date yet to be confirmed. He has previously publicly hoped for a United loss and believes the Red Devils deserved to lose their 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich – the game in which the club clinched their historic treble.
Ahead of United’s 3-3 draw with Chelsea in 2012, Berrada posted on X: “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 ManU loss…”
After Fernando Torrest scored the game’s second goal, he added: “Goal! Chelsea 2-0 Manchester United. Oh yeah! Viva la Spanish Connection!”
Another previous post read: “Watching the Man Utd vs Bayern 1999 UCL final on ESPN Classic. I had forgotten how much Bayern really deserved to win that match.”
And in perhaps the most damning tweet, which might anger the Glazer family, Berrada called United a ‘mess’ a year after Sir Alex Ferguson’s appointment.
“Manchester United: How did they get into this mess?” he quizzed.
United confirmed the appointment of Berrada on Saturday. Patrick Stewart will remain interim CEO until Arnold’s successor begins his job.
A club statement 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.”