LONDON: Manchester United have appointed Omar Berrada from rivals Manchester City as their new chief executive.

United have been searching for a new CEO since the departure of Richard Arnold and have found his successor in Berrada, who has played a key part in City’s recent on and off-the-field success.

The appointment was made by new minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe in consultation with Joel and Avram Glazer so that Berrada can be in place as soon as possible after Ratcliffe’s deal to buy 25 per cent of United has been completed.

United see Berrada as the ideal choice of CEO because of his record running both the football and commercial side of a club – having enjoyed huge success at City and Barcelona.

He brokered deals that saw City sign the likes of Erling Haaland and Jack Grealish, as well as generate record revenue from the City Academy.

A United 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.

“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.”

A Manchester City statement confirming Berrada’s departure read: “The club understands his decision to look for a new challenge and he leaves with our thanks and best wishes.”

Patrick Stewart has worked as United’s interim chief executive since Arnold’s exit at the end of the year and will remain in place until Berrada starts.

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