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5 players who have played for both Manchester United and Manchester City

Ben Winfield
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Tevez won two Premier League titles in his time with United
Tevez won two Premier League titles in his time with United

On Sunday, Manchester United meet Manchester City in one of the most anticipated clashes of the season so far. 

City come into the game unbeaten in the Premier League. They have won nine of their first 11 league games, and sit top of the table ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool, who are also unbeaten. They come into the game on the back of a 6-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League. 

United, on the other hand, have had a tough start to the Premier League season, and currently sit seventh in the table. Results and performances have picked up slightly in recent weeks though, and they collected a vital win away at Juventus in the Champions League earlier this week. 

This will be a big game for both sides. Guardiola’s men will be looking to hold on to their position at the top of the table, but they will also be looking for revenge after United came from 2-0 down to beat them at the Etihad in April, denying them the chance to win the title against their arch-rivals.

It is also a big game for Mourinho personally, as his future remains a topic of discussion in the press. A big defeat could see even more speculation, but victory could be massive in the context of their season.

Despite the rivalry, there are a few players who have appeared for both of the big sides in the city. Here are five men who have played for both Manchester United and Manchester City.


#1 Owen Hargreaves

Hargreaves spent four years with United
Hargreaves spent four years with United

He may not have played too much for either side, but Hargreaves is one of the players who has more recently switched Manchester clubs. The midfielder joined United in 2007 from Bayern Munich in a deal worth £16 million. Injuries limited his appearances at Old Trafford, and he made only 39 appearances for the club in his four years there, with just 27 of those coming in the Premier League. 

He did, however, leave United with a couple of honours to his name. He was part of the side who won the Premier League and Champions League double in the 2007/08 season. After his contract ended in 2011, he moved across Manchester to join City, but once again his game time there was limited by injuries. He appeared just once in the league in his time there, failing to make enough appearances to be given a Premier League winners’ medal.

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