Seven players to have played for both Manchester United and Manchester City
Mario Georgiou – Student, UCFB – Wembley
It’s once again showdown time in Manchester, the battle between the red and the blue sides of Manchester. This is the first Manchester derby of the season and has become one the biggest and most long awaited Manchester derby in history. Can Manchester United stop high scoring and undefeated Manchester City from extending their position at the top of the table. Here are seven players to have played for both Manchester clubs.
Owen Hargreaves was a big-money buy from Bayern Munich and helped United win the Champions League, but injury problems hampered his progress at Old Trafford. When his contract ran out, he made the shock decision to head to the Etihad Stadium but made only one Premier League appearance before being forced to retire.
6. Denis Law
Denis Law is still revered as a legend around Manchester United, so much so in fact that fans can forgive him for apparently relegating them while playing for City in 1974. The truth of the infamous backheel goal that gave City a 1-0 win at Old Trafford on the final day of the season however, was that United would have been relegated regardless of the result thanks to results elsewhere. Law did not know that at the time, however, and the sense of anguish that he felt upon scoring was evident.
5. Andrei Kanchelskis
Andrei Kanchelskis proved a bargain signing from Shakhtar Donetsk and was a key figure as the Reds won the league title in 1993 and the Double in the following campaign. His sale to Everton in 1995 came as a surprise to many people but he was soon plying his trade in Italy with Fiorentina. The Serie A side loaned him to City in 2001 and he played 10 times for the Blues.
4. Brian Kidd
Kidd is looked on with greater fondness by the red half of the divide, not least because of his contribution to some of the greatest moments in the club’s history. On his 19th birthday, he scored United’s third goal in the 1968 European Cup final win against Benfica, while he was also Alex Ferguson’s assistant in the boom period of the early to mid 90s.
Kidd moved to City (via Arsenal) in 1976, and while his time at Maine Road was still relatively successful, he wasn’t the same player. He returned to the club in 2009 as part of then-manager Mark Hughes’ coaching staff and having been employed in a number of roles there, he is now one of Pep Guardiola’s assistants.
Peter Schmeichel was captain when the Reds completed the Treble in 1999 with victory against Bayern Munich and is arguably the finest goalkeeper in the club’s history. The Denmark international left to join Sporting but returned from Lisbon to represent Aston Villa a couple of years later. Surprisingly, he moved back to Manchester with City and maintained an unbeaten record in the derby.
Andy Cole was a vital part of Manchester United treble winning season, scoring 24 goals in all competitions. Having been part of one of the most successful periods of United’s history and building up a fantastic partnership with Dwight Yorke, Cole was sold to Blackburn in 2001. By the time he reached the City of Manchester Stadium in 2005, the then 33-year-old was very much on the decline. That said, he still managed to be City’s top scorer in his solitary season at the club.
Carlos Tevez joined Manchester United on loan from West Ham in 2007 and stated scoring immediately His habit of scoring vital late goals made Tevez popular with both Sir Alex Ferguson and the Manchester United fans. He scored 19 goals in 63 appearances in just over two seasons for the Red Devils. He then decided to cross to the other side of Manchester and joined local rivals Man City. The made City genuine title contenders and the fans that once chanted his name heavily booed his every touch when he returned to Old Trafford with his new side. Tevez was at City for just over four years making 105 appearances and scoring 57 goals and in 2012 helped Man City to their first Premier League Trophy for 44 years.
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