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 –
10. Billy Meredith
Billy Meredith was one of the earliest footballers who played for both Manchester Clubs.He was considered one of the superstars of football due to his performances,for both Manchester City and Manchester United.
He spent 15 years at both the Manchester Clubs,though his time at City was divided into two spells.He first joined City in 1894 and kept playing for them till 1906,making 339 league apps and scoring 129 goals.
He then moved to United in 1906 and played 303 league matches for them but could only score 35 goals.He left United in 1921 to rejoin Manchester City where he stayed till 1924 and made 28 apps in that period without finding the back of the net.
9. Peter Schmeichel
Peter Schmeichel was voted the IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper in 1992 and 1993. He is best remembered for his most successful years at English club Manchester United, whom he captained to the 1999 UEFA Champions League to complete the Treble.
Manchester United signed Schmeichel on 6 August 1991 for £505,000, a price described in 2000 by Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson as the “bargain of the century.He left United in 1999.
After playing for Sporting CP and Aston Villa, Schmeichel completed a move to Manchester City in 2002, on a free transfer. He played only one season, in 2002–03. Schmeichel’s record in the Manchester derby is exceptional, in that he was never on the losing side. 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.
8. Andy Cole
Andy Cole was a prolific scorer for the Reds following his stunning move from Newcastle United in early 1995.
A key member of the Treble-winning squad, he scored the goal against Tottenham that clinched the title, and the Nottingham-born forward later had spells at Blackburn Rovers and Fulham before returning to Manchester with City in 2005.
Cole played just 22 games in the blue half of City before injuries took their toll.
7. Horace Blew
We only included him in this list is because of the unique fact that he just played 1 game for both Man City and Man Utd.
In March 1906, he transferred to Manchester United from Bury, but only played one game for them before moving to Manchester City in September 1906. His only game for United came against Chelsea in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.