In a surprising turn of events, Manchester United has appointed Omar Berrada, the former Chief Operating Officer of Manchester City, as their new chief executive.
While many have hailed this move as a coup for United, Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, has warned that Berrada alone may not be enough to turn the struggling club’s fortunes around.
Guardiola acknowledged Berrada’s knowledge and professionalism, stating that City had also learned a lot from him during his time at the club.
However, he cautioned against expecting instant success for United, emphasizing that Berrada’s departure does not mean City will suddenly become weaker.
Guardiola pointed out that players like Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland, who have been linked with United, will still remain at City.
The manager also highlighted the importance of long-term planning and stability within a club’s hierarchy.
He credited City’s success to the continuity provided by their director of football, Txiki Begiristain, who has been with the club for 12 years.
Guardiola stressed that building a successful team takes time and consistency.
Guardiola expressed his relaxed attitude towards key personnel joining rival clubs, stating that if someone is unhappy and wants to leave, the club should allow them to do so.
He acknowledged that these situations can happen and that City will find a way to replace Berrada.
Ultimately, Guardiola’s philosophy is to move forward and adapt, rather than dwell on departures or setbacks.
He believes that City will continue to be strong, even without Berrada, and that they have the ability to find high-caliber replacements when needed.
This article was updated 4 weeks ago