Pep Guardiola has humorously suggested that Manchester United should name a stand after Omar Berrada if he proves to have the magic touch.
Omar Berrada resigned from his position as the chief football operations officer at rivals Manchester City last weekend after being offered the senior position at Old Trafford.
Omar Berrada’s appointment is a significant achievement for United, given his key off-field role in City’s recent successes. However, Guardiola has cautioned that the fellow Spaniard is not an automatic guarantee of instant success.
The City boss told the press about Omar Berrada: “Obviously his knowledge goes to United. That’s the reality.
“When you buy a player from another club you buy the knowledge that this player has had in the past with other managers and team-mates. That is normal.
“We learned a lot from Omar and he’s learned a lot from the club. And now he’s gone to United.
“But Kevin De Bruyne is still in Man City, De Bruyne will play here. Erling Haaland will play here, so in the end it’s not that simple. Otherwise, with the power of United, they would have done it before.
“Maybe United think with this person everything is going to change – congratulations. I don’t know if this is going to happen.
“He is a lovely person, an incredible character, incredible professional. Yesterday I saw him, we hugged and I wished him all the best. Deeply, I wish him the best because he’s a fantastic person.
“But I don’t know if by doing this (clicks his fingers) everything is going to be sorted and it works.
“If it does happen then, oh my God, they have to make a stand for Omar Berrada in the future because he’d deserve it.”
Pep Guardiola: We’ll find a way to replace Omar Berrada
Guardiola assures there are no hard feelings over Berrada’s departure and expresses confidence that City will make a wise appointment in naming his successor.
He said: “We try to keep the best people here but this kind of thing can happen.
“The club will move forward. We’ll find a way to replace him and we’ll continue. We will be well prepared, we will adapt and adjust and move forward.”
Guardiola has hinted that striker Erling Haaland could make a return to action as the champions host Burnley in the Premier League next Wednesday. He has been sidelined for nearly two months due to a foot injury, is now back in training.
Guardiola said: “It will be eight weeks now, almost two months this or next weekend. In the process he feels good and now he needs time to make the rhythm and we’ll start to give him minutes when he is fit.
“We’ll give him three or four days and hopefully against Burnley he can play his first minutes.”