Manchester Derby: Top 5 Players who played for both clubs.

The Manchester Derby has gained a lot of attraction in recent years with the rise of Manchester City. We have had some great encounters, title deciding moments between these two clubs in the past.

The Ever Increasing Rivalry

Manchester United clearly the more successful club out of the two generally, with all of their silverware and success outshining the Blue side, but in recent years it is the blue side who has had more taste of success trumping the Red side. (Read More on Man Utd: Manchester United close in on a Barcelona star signing!)

This fixture holds a great importance as it can shift the league odds towards the winner and can decide a league winner too, and this one is certainly a special one as Manchester City can wrap up the league if they win the upcoming Manchester Derby on the 7th of April’18. (Transfer Rumors From Media – March, 2018)

With all its importance and crucial nature, this fixture has seen some of the finest players in the league’s history to don the Red & Blue jerseys. Some of them have also played for both sides including some legends of the game. A total of 29 players have featured for both sides, and only Ernest Mangnall having managed both the clubs.

So, here are the Top 5 players to have played for both Manchester United and Manchester City:

5. Brian Kidd


Manchester United (1963-1974) | Manchester City (1976-1979)

Brian Kidd is more renowned in the red-half because of his contribution to some of the best periods in Man Utd’s history. He also scored in United’s European Cup Final win against Benfica in 1968 (that too on his 19th birthday!). He then moved to Arsenal and then City, and was also quite successful (in terms of goals) there.

He has also coached at both clubs. He was Sir Alex’s assistants in the early 90s and then returned to Man City in 2009 to become a part of Mark Hughes’ coaching staff.

4. Carlos Tevez


Manchester United (2007-2009) | Manchester City (2009-2013)

Carlos Tevez was signed by United on loan from West Ham United, and then went on to form a lethal attack partnership with Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo. He won the Champions League in 2008 with United.

But all his popularity among the United faithful was turned into sour hate when he decided to sign for City (directly from Man Utd). His stay at the blue side wasn’t really well, causing continuous disrupts in the dressing room, even being temporarily banished from the side.

3. Andy Cole


Manchester United (1995-2001) | Manchester City (2005/06)

Was signed from Newcastle United in a high-profile at that time, Andy Cole was a prolific goalscorer for United, and a crucial part of the 99 Treble Winning squad. He had built a fantastic striker-partnership with Dwight Yorke.

His move to Man City wasn’t a high profile one as it came during his last years as a player but still managed to finish as his side’s top-scorer for the season.

2. Peter Schmeichel


Manchester United (1991-1999) | Manchester City (2002/03)

One of the best goalkeepers in football history, Schmeichel was a pillar in United’s success in the late 90s, achieving a legendary status. He left the club at a high no one could possibly match – by winning the 99 treble!

His stay at City was so small and insignificant that he himself doesn’t even remember playing for the blue side of the city.

1. Denis Law


Manchester United (1962-1973) | Manchester City (1960/61 & 1973/74)

Denis Law is one of the greatest ever players, not only in United’s history but in football history. He was part of the trio called the “Holy Trinity” along with Sir Bobby Charlton and George Best who were immortalized in front of Old Trafford.

He is United’s third highest ever goalscorer with 237 goals in 404 games, also winning the 1968 European Cup and Ballon d’Or in 1964.


Though he first played for the blue side and then went to Torino. He then returned to Man City at the end of his career, and scored a famous goal against United which relegated them in the 1973/74 season.

Match Details:

The 176th Manchester Derby takes place on the 7th of April on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City sit on the top of the table with 16 points above the 2nd placed Manchester United. A win would mean the league is officially over and Man City will claim their 3rd Premier League title and 5th overall English First Division title.

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