Gary Neville reacts to Man Utd poaching Omar Berrada and expects two more major additions | Football

United swooped to bring Berrada to Old Trafford from rivals City (Picture: Getty)

Gary Neville believes Manchester United have taken a major step forward in appointing Omar Berrada their new chief executive, believing the club will confirm two more major appointments soon.

In the first major decision overseen by Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his INEOS team, United swooped to poach Berrada from rivals Manchester City with his appointment confirmed on Saturday.

The Spaniard has been part of the hierarchy at the Eithad since 2011, having previously been employed by Barcelona.

It is the first in a series of major changes expected to be made to United’s football operations off the pitch with an overhaul of the club’s recruitment department and the appointment of a sporting director expected to follow.

Speaking on United’s move to bring Berrada to the red half of Manchester, former club captain Gary Neville praised the appointment, believing it demonstrates intentions to rebuild trust between the club and its supporters.

‘It’s a big job to be CEO of Manchester United and you think of all the things he’s got to go at,’ Neville told Sky Sports.

‘But I think there are also some easy wins. Straight away the communication, having that voice the club have not had in the last 10 years is really important. He can form part of a new management structure that can build trust with the fans and everyone that is watching the club.

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Ratcliffe and INEOS already making major structural changes (Picture: Getty)

‘They’ve not had someone who has operated in football for a long time and that is really important. It’s a big task and all eyes are going to be on him. He’s had a brilliant grounding at Manchester City and Barcelona.

‘It looks like Man Utd are making more sound decisions and look like they are on the right track.’

Neville believes a new head of recruitment and a sporting director, with Newcastle United’s Dan Ashworth eyed for the latter, will soon follow Berrada to the club as a ‘triangle of appointments’ desperately needed at Old Trafford.

‘Jim Ratcliffe was not going to come in and not disrupt things and that was obvious,’ Neville continued.

‘They haven’t got a CEO at the minute because Richard Arnold stepped down, they haven’t got a sporting director and they haven’t got a notable head of recruitment.

‘Those are three roles whereby most owners are most exposed with the money that gets spent on players. It’s part of a triangle of appointments I would expect to see in the next few months.’


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