It’s once again show time again in Manchester, as it was the same last year with City losing the battle but winning the war on Aggregate scores. Today’s winner will get the final spot to face Spurs in Wembley . This is the first Manchester derby of the Year. As years have come and gone Manchester derby has stolen many hearts become a classic that people of all walks of life yearn to witness.
Today we count down & players who have switched sides and ended playing for both sides.
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.
Hargreaves didn’t make any noticeable contribution to either of the Manchester clubs as he was often sidelined with injuries and fitness issues. Still, his two goals for Manchester United came via two brilliantly converted free kicks.
Though Haregreaves made just 27 appearances for the Red Devils, he won one Premier League title and one UEFA Champions League title with the ‘Red side of Manchester’.
Featuring for City just once, Hargreaves failed to land a proper contract and retired at the end of 2012.
6. Denis Law
Denis Law is still admired as a legend around Manchester United, so much so in fact that fans can forgive him for relegating them while playing for City in 1974. The truth of the infamous back-heel 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 for just £650,000. Sir Alex Ferguson signed Kanchelskis in a bid to find an attacking right sided midfielder to give him a younger and quicker option as compared to the older right sided midfielders like Mike Phelan, who lacked in speed and wit.
Kanchelskis soon became a regular member of the United team, playing in 34 out of 42 league games in the 1991/92 season as United finished second. He was also a key part of the team who won the first ever Premier League title, scoring 3 goals in 27 league games appearances albeit 13 of these were as a substitute, as United’s 26-year league title wait came to an end.
The bombarding Russian would finish with 28 goals in 123 appearances, while solidifying the Right Wing area in his time with United.
After a small spell with Fiorentina, Adrei was loaned to Manchester City by Rangers. The Russian would score only a FA Cup goal for the Sky Blues in his mere 10 appearances for the ‘other club in Manchester’.
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.
Voted as the World’s Best Goalkeeper in 1992 and 1993, Peter Schmeichel clearly had his best playing day at the Red Side of Manchester. Dubbed as ‘Bargain of the century’ by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2000, the Dane was famous for his intimidating physique which stood tall at 1.91m.
After a quiet first season with the Red Devils, Peter burst on to the scene in his second campaign, amassing a staggering 22 clean sheets.
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.
Despite boasting an impeccable clean sheet record, Schmeichel would often run on to attack the opposition in last minute corner kicks. He also scored in this fashion for United against a lowly Rotor Volgograd side in 1995 UEFA Cup match.
After stints with Sporting Lisbon and Aston Villa, Peter finally came home to Manchester, though only at the other end. Signing for Manchester City in 2002, he played only one season with the Sky Blues.
Although trophies eluded Schmeichel at City, he boasted an exceptional record of not starring on the loosing side in a Manchester Derby. During his nine years with Manchester United, they were unbeaten against Manchester City, while in his single season with City, they won at Maine Road and drew at Old Trafford.
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.
Andy Cole is most remembered for his fearsome partnership with Dwight York, which was rated as one of the most feared attacking partnership in all of Europe at the time. The duo contributed 53 goals between them, while showcasing one touch play along with finesse which displayed an immense sense of understanding between the two.
Cole would often score goals at crucial times for the Red Devils, none more so than the second goal against Middlesborough which would lead United to the Premier League title for the third time in four years. Flaunting the tag of being the First player to score five goals in a Premier League game, Cole was also one of the most consistent players of the early Premier League era.
Despite this, Cole managed to fall behind the formidable partnership of Ruud van Nistelrooy and Ole Solskjaer, forcing him into a “super sub” role. The Englishman even then would go on to score 7 goals, whilst earning him the badge of ‘Super Sub’.
Trophies and accolades came in plenty for him at Manchester United, as he won five Premier League titles, two FA Cups, two Charity Shields and one UEFA Champions League title.
After short spells with Blackburn Rovers and Fulham, Cole was signed by Manchester City in 2005. Despite signing for City, Cole remained in the hearts of the United faithful, as he never made any noticeable contributions for the Sky Blues. In a single season with City, Cole appeared 22 time and scored a mere 7 goals, while failing to bag any trophy.
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. Tevez, went on to become one of the most prolific strikers of the Premier League, featuring in Manchester United’s holy trinity along side Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo. The 30-year-old went on to win numerous accolades with the Red Devils; including two Premier League titles (2007/08 and 2008/09), one Football League Cup (2008/09), one FA Community Shield (2008), one FIFA Club World Cup (2008) and one UEFA Champions League title (2007/08) in his two year stint with the red side of Manchester.
The protagonist turned antagonist for the United faithful after he joined rivals Manchester City following an issue with his contract with the Red Devils. After signing Tevez, Manchester City erected a blue ‘Welcome To Manchester’ billboard located at the top of Deansgate in Manchester.
It was at Manchester City that Tevez became as controversial as his strike partner years later, Mario Balotelli. Although the Argentinian provided magic on field, scoring goals at regular intervals, he was always caught up in off field antics.
After winning the Premier League with Manchester City, Tevez outrageously carried a ‘RIP Fergie’ poster atop an open bus ceremony. His bad run with the Manchester City management finally ended his glorious yet rebellious spell in the Premier League, as Tevez was ultimately sold to Serie A giants Juventus in 2013.
Adapted From Sportsvibe with Addition Reporting From Sportskeeda