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“Dave would never do that…” – Sir Jim Ratcliffe gives full overview of Sir Dave Brailsford’s Man United responsibilities



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Manchester United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe has provided a full overview of Sir Dave Brailsford’s responsibilities at the club and one area that he will not touch.

Ratcliffe’s stake in United was ratified by Premier League authorities last month. Brailsford and Jean Claude-Blanc were inducted as club directors following this.

The British billionaire’s right-hand man has a crucial role going forward at Old Trafford and has been heavily involved already, being present for Omar Berrada’s interview to become chief executive and having regular communication with staff around the club.

Brailsford has also been present at every United game since confirmation of the deal was made on Christmas Eve.

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The role that Brailsford is in is not widely known by supporters. Speaking on the Geraint Thomas Cycling Club, Ratcliffe explained: “It’s a collective but Dave’s the one that’s right in the middle of it all.

“It’s where you start, you need the right organisation structure. If you look at football clubs, in the old days of Alex Ferguson he was the manager.

“We don’t have managers today, we have a coach and a coach would normally report to a sporting director and the sporting director would report to a chief executive.

“So you need to get the – where to put recruitment, where to put strategy – in your organisation right and you need to populate it with the people who are best in class.”

United have often had people in positions doing things that they are not experts in. Thankfully, Ratcliffe assured that his colleague knows where his best attributes are needed.

The co-owner of the club explained that Brailsford “would never” interfere with player transfers and instead will focus on ensuring that United have the best-in-class operator to deal with every important aspect of the club.

“He’s a detail man, he’s rigorous. He’s moved in that world of football, he knows a lot of the people in football,” added Ratcliffe.

“But, football’s football. It’s different. Dave wouldn’t profess to ever say we need to buy that player because I think he’s a very good player.

“Dave would never do that because that’s not his skill set. But we have to make sure we have got that skillset at Manchester United.”