Leeds and Man United have shared a rivalry, nicknamed the Roses rivalry. The rivalry originates from the strong enmity between the historic counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire. Although the cities of Leeds and Manchester lie over 40 miles apart, the tradition is upheld and this strong feeling can still be seen between the two clubs. In this article, let us have a look at some of the players who played for both Leeds and Man Utd.
Here are 10 of the best players who played for both Leeds and Man Utd.
10. Alan Smith
Smith came through the junior ranks at Elland Road and his aggressive style and never say die attitude made him a crowd favourite. In six years at Leeds he scored 38 goals in 172 appearances before becoming a victim of the financial crisis at the club.
In 2004 Fergie paid £7M for his services. He suffered a terrible ankle injury against Liverpool in an FA Cup match in 2006. Smith never really recovered sufficiently and was sold to Newcastle in August 2007 for £6M.
9. Brian Greenhoff
Brian joined Manchester United as an apprentice in August 1968, signing as a professional in June 1970. He made his debut in 1973 and in the following six seasons played 271 times, scoring 17 goals.
The versatile Greenhoff started his career in midfield but reverted to centre-half. He joined Leeds in 1979 for £350,000. He remained there until 1982 making 72 appearances, before being released.
8. Gordon McQueen
Gordon McQueen joined Leeds from St.Mirren in 1972. He spent 6 years and played 140 games for Leeds before joining Manchester united in Utd in 1978 for £500,000. He spent seven years at the Manchester club, making 184 apps before leaving for Seiko SA in 1985.
The blond defender was no stranger to scoring, including netting in the 1979 FA Cup Final against Arsenal. He featured in the ‘golden years’ for his country, Scotland.
7. Joe Jordan
The fearsome Scot , Joe Jordan played for Leeds United, Manchester United, and Milan, among others at club level, as well making 52 appearances and scoring 11 goals for Scotland. He was known as a strong, fearless and committed player, with skill to match, and good aerial abilities.
He was part of the successful Leeds United team of the 1970s, winning the 1973–74 Football League First Division title. Cup success was elusive however, being a losing finalist with Leeds in the 1973 European Cup Winners’ Cup Final and 1975 European Cup Final, and the 1979 FA Cup Final with Manchester United. At international level he is the only Scottish player to score in three World Cups, in 1974, 1978 and 1982.
He was at Leeds from 1970-1978 scoring 35 goals in 170 games before transferring to Utd for £350,000 where he spent four years, scoring 37 in 107 games.