There are about 29 footballers who played for both Manchester Clubs. Bob Milarvie became the first footballer to play for both these teams,when he joined Manchester City from Manchester United in 1891. He played 22 and 69 matches for United and City respectively.Since then a lot of players switched between these two sides. Today we will have a look at 10 famous footballers who played for both Manchester City and Manchester Utd.
Ranking is done randomly. Here is the list of footballers who played for both Manchester Clubs –
3. Brian Kidd
Brian Kidd is currently the co-assistant coach of Manchester City,under manager Pep Guardiola.Kidd’s first spell as assistant manager of the club came under manager Roberto Mancini, who moved Kidd from the youth setup to become his sole assistant manager.
Kidd was also assistant to Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson from 1991 to 1998. In this role he was pivotal in the development of a group of young footballers known as Fergie’s Fledglings.
Kidd had a long-playing career and was better known at United where he played 203 games between 1963 and 1974,where he scored 53 goals.In 1976 he joined Manchester city and racked up 98 appearances,while scoring an impressive 44 goals.
2. Carlos Tevez
Carlos Tevez is one of the recent and most controversial footballers who played for both Manchester Clubs.Tevez was brought to the Premier League by West Ham in 2006,where he only stayed for a season.
Manchester United put forward a proposed two-year loan deal for Tevez, which was approved on 10 August 2007. He made his debut on 15 August when he started in place of the injured Wayne Rooney in a 1–1 draw against Portsmouth.He made made 97 appearances, scoring 34 goals and winning 2 Premier League titles and a Champions League among few others.
City signed Tevez in 2009 and the player went on to win another Premier League title and an FA Cup. In 113 appearances, his goal return was 58 in all competitions for the blue half of Manchester.
1. Denis Law
Undoubtedly the famous of the footballers who played for both Manchester Clubs,Denis Law is the first name that springs to mind when we talk of crossing the great divide.He is well remember remember the cheeky back-heeled goal which was said to relegate United in 1973, but the truth was that United were already gone by then. In fine style, Law didn’t celebrate the goal and immediately left the pitch.
His career as a football player began at Second Division Huddersfield Town in 1956. After four years at Huddersfield, he was signed by Manchester City for a transfer fee of £55,000, which set a new British record. Law played at City from 1960 to 1961 and then he signed for Torino in Italy.
He returned to Manchester in 1962, but this time in red.His halcyon days were in the red and he became part of the trio of players that included Charlton and Best. 237 goals in 404 appearances from 1962 to 1973, elevated Law to a god-like status and he is still one of their best remembered sons.
He joined City again in 1973 for a season,where he made 24 apps.
It concludes our list of ‘footballers who played for both Manchester Clubs’, leave your opinion in the comments below.