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.
6. Arthur Graham
Another Scot, Graham started his career at Aberdeen and as a 17 year old played in the Scottish Cup Final against Celtic, providing 2 assists in a 3-1 victory.
The winger then moved to Leeds for £125,000 and scored 47 goals in 260 appearances. When Leeds were relegated in the early 80’s Graham moved on to Man Utd for £65,000 where he remained for 2 seasons, scoring 5 goals in 37 games.
5. Gordon Strachan
Strachan was a key part of Fergie’s dominant Aberdeen team in the early 80’s before being reunited with his former manager at Old Trafford, arriving pre Sir Alex in 1984 for £500,000. Initially a success, Strachan eventually fell out with Fergie and crossed the Pennines.
Howard Wilkinson brought Gordon Strachan to Elland Road in 1989, where the £200,000 transfer fee was soon justified as the hard-working, red headed Scot helped Leeds United to promotion in his first full season with the club.
Gordon Strachan remained a big influence the following year as Leeds United finished fourth and the Scottish midfielder was voted The Football Writers Player of the Season 1991. He would go on to appear with Leeds 311 times from 1988 to 1996, scoring 57 goals.
4. Lee Sharpe
Signed from Torquay in 1988, Sharpe quickly became an Old Trafford favourite. With 21 goals in 193 games, the tricky winger eventually lost his way as the arrival of one Ryan Giggs on the scene and his weakness for nightlife finally brought about his demise.
Moving to Leeds in 1996 for £4.5M, Sharpey became injury prone and only made 30 appearances over the following 3 years before his career fizzled out, finally retiring in 2003. He is undoubtedly one of the best players who played for both Leeds and Man Utd.