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Players That Crossed The Divide: Manchester United v Manchester City

There have been a number of players that have represented both Manchester United and City over the years, perhaps none more famous than Denis Law. And in light of the derby today, I bring you five players that have crossed the Manchester divide since the start of the Premier League.

Carlos Tevez

Tevez joined United on-loan from West Ham, where he had an immediate impact, scoring some famously late goals. He made the switch across the city, which led to him become the first player to make that move directly since Terry Cooke in 1999.

Owen Hargreaves

The Englishman was a big-money buy from Bayern Munich and he helped the Red Devils win the Champions League, but injury hampered his career. When his contract ran out, he made the decision to head to the Etihad Stadium where he only made one Premier League appearance for City.

Andy Cole

One of the key members of the Manchester United treble-winning squad, he scored the goal against Tottenham that clinched the title. The Nottingham-born forward had spells at Blackburn Rovers and Fulham before returning to Manchester with City in 2005.

Andrei Kanchelskis

Andrei Kanchelskis proved to be one of Fergie’s bargain buys and was a key figure as the Reds won the league title in 1993 and the double in the following campaign. He was sold to Everton in 1995, before he soon found himself plying his trade for Fiorentina. The Serie A side loaned him to City in 2001 where he played 10 times for the Blues.

Peter Schmeichel

Peter Schmeichel was captain when the Reds completed the treble in 1999 with victory against Bayern Munich. He was arguably the finest goalkeeper in the club's history. The Dane joined Sporting but returned from Lisbon to represent Aston Villa a couple of years later. He then moved back to Manchester with City where he maintained an unbeaten record in the derby.

Did you know these players crossed the divide? 


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