Manchester City and Manchester United will be eternal rivals for as long as they will exist. And since the investment from the Middle East Manchester City has become a completely revamped club, that can go head to toe with Man United.
Although if we were to speak of recent times, Man City may have even gone past the Red Devils. Once upon a time, they were the noisy neighbors but now with all the success to show for, they are much more than that.
With money in the bank, Manchester City has purchased multiple world-class managers and players since their take over in 2008, which has been the master key to unlock their successes.
In that process of signing players, they have also gone on to sign players from the enemy camp – Manchester United.
Manchester United has also signed city players, and this exchange between the two clubs although rare has been evident throughout history.
Now, it may be criminal to play for Manchester City as well as Manchester United, but we’ll let that slide, and present you a list of a few players who have played for both the Manchester clubs!
Denis Law, along with George Best and Bobby Charlton, formed a memorable attacking trio. Law, dubbed as the ‘Holy Trinity’ by the club’s fans in the 1960s, was an instant fan favorite.
Despite beginning his career with City, his 237 goals in 404 games make him a Red Devils legend.
He is United’s third-highest scorer of all time, and he led the club to two league titles, an FA Cup, and the European Cup in 1968 under Matt Busby.
He returned to City at the end of his career, famously scoring against United on the day their relegation from the Premier League was confirmed.
Andy Cole joined Manchester United from Newcastle United in January 1995. His goal-scoring form improved steadily during his first half-season at Old Trafford, with 12 goals in 18 league appearances.
However, there was a slight slowdown in the following years before Cole came roaring back in 1997/98.
Cole became a member of the Citizens in 2002. At the time of his departure from Manchester United, the striker had 121 goals for the club.
Manchester-born and bred, Brian Kidd progressed through the United academy and went on to score 52 times in 203 league appearances, as well as winning the European Cup in 1968.
Following the club’s relegation in 1974, the forward moved to Arsenal, but was back in his native Manchester two years later, this time lining up in the blue of City.
Peter Schmeichel spent eight years at United, playing his final game for the club as captain in the 1999 Champions League final.
Schmeichel, who had previously played for Sporting CP and Aston Villa, unexpectedly moved to City for a season in 2002 and faced his former club.
Schmeichel was never on the losing end of a Manchester derby, whether for United or City.
Tevez was a key member of Sir Alex Ferguson’s United squad in the second half of the previous decade, winning the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League in his rookie season.
On the field, the Argentine formed an unbreakable friendship with Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, scoring a slew of goals during the 2007/08 season.
Tevez stunned Manchester when he chose to sign for City after his complicated two-year loan arrangement at United expired.
Despite his performance at United, Red Devils fans were not pleased with the news. Tevez, on the other hand, scored 73 goals in four seasons at City, winning the FA Cup and the Premier League along the way.