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Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Ineos have already put the Glazer family to shame and they are not even owners yet

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe has perhaps proven that one aspect of Manchester United under the Glazer family has simply not worked.

As the Premier League continues to go through the paperwork before officially ratifying Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Ineos’ takeover of the club, it seems they are already getting their hands dirty.

Omar Berrada, former CFO of Manchester City, is the first appointment under the new regime and it is this decision that really should put the Glazers to shame.

This appointment could well be the biggest structural decision made at Old Trafford since Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill left the club and it seems United are attempting to copy Manchester City’s structural changes.

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United hoping to emulate City

According to a report from i News, United are keen on copying City’s board structure which would mean having a strong team on the board when it comes to making vital decisions around the club.

It is claimed that Ratcliffe and Ineos appreciate how well City has done in the market over the years with the Moroccan director credited with the coup of Erling Haaland back in the summer of 2022.

Berrada had achieved all he could for City, including a remarkable treble victory, and the challenge of United was said to be one that didn’t take a lot of persuasion.


Before the summer spending spree starts for the Red Devils, Ineos are hoping to have a board in place with sufficient experience in football before making any big signings.

Ratcliffe proving Glazers wrong already

It has barely been a month since Ratcliffe and Ineos finally confirmed their 25 per cent investment of United and it already seems the wheels are moving in the right direction.

One aspect of Ratcliffe’s takeover of United will already have put the Glazer family, who have been majority owner of the club since 2005, to shame.

Appointing from within has been United’s mantra in recent seasons. Ed Woodward, Richard Arnold and John Murtough have been handed important roles at the club and have all been internal decisions.

However, Berrada, who has already drawn praise from City insiders according to Rio Ferdinand, is the first external appointment made in such a crucial position.

The praise that United have received may well surprise the American family and while they will want to bask in the success if it works, this has Ineos’ fingerprints all over it.

Moving in silence, and being swift are already emerging as the hallmarks of the Ratcliffe and Ineos ownership, and that is reason to be encouraged.

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