The shake-up in United’s leadership will come just days before the club is expected to confirm Sky News’
exclusive revelations that Sir Jim’s Ineos Sports is acquiring a 25% stake.
Mr Arnold has been with the Red Devils since 2007, replacing Ed Woodward in the top executive job
early last year.
Insiders said he had succeeded in modernizing the structure of United’s football operations, even as the
men’s first team struggles in domestic and European competitions under manager Erik Ten Hag.
Mr Stewart has been at United for 17 years, and already leads its liaison with governing and
representative bodies including the Premier League and UEFA.
A source said his appointment as interim CEO would allow United’s new joint owners to identify the
right long-term candidate to run the club. Sky News revealed earlier this month that Sir Jim is to commit $300m (£245m) from his multibillion-pound fortune to overhauling United’s ageing infrastructure, in addition to the roughly £1.3bn he will spend on acquiring a 25% stake.