Manchester United are set to host Liverpool today evening at 5:30 in the North-West Derby which is considered as the biggest and most prestigious match in English football and one of the biggest football encounters in the world. The two sides share a bitter rivalry thanks to their amazing history over the years sharing 38 league titles.
When the two sides face each other, the last option is to lose and the players literally give everything they have to bring joy to their amazing fans.
Not many players graced for both the teams as they are rivals. Here are five biggest names who played for both the teams-
Owen made a breakthrough into the Liverpool first team at a very young age and became a lethal striker. A talented England schoolboy International, the speedy striker ended his first season as a professional with a call-up into Glen Hoddle’s World Cup squad in France 1998. There he scored one of the best World Cup goals ever against Argentina and he became a star overnight.
One of the youngest players to win Ballon d’Or, Owen played for United later but did not have the best time. He lost his stardom due to successive injuries. He lost his biggest blessing that is his pace due to lack of fitness.
Paul signed for United in 1989 and after forming a partnership in midfield with Bryan Robson rose to stardom, becoming a first choice for both club and country.
Ince started his career at West Ham and after he showed a great potential at young age, he was signed by Manchester United in 1989 and became a star in a team of Bobby Robson and many stars and won a lot of trophies. Surprisingly he was sold to Inter Milan in 1995 and enjoyed two seasons in Serie A before returning to English shores to sign for Liverpool who he famously scored for against United in the unforgettable treble-winning season run-in.
The only player who played for both Merseyside sides and both Manchester clubs is Peter Beardsley. He was one of the best wingers in the 1980’s and played only one game for Manchester United after signing from Canadian side Vancouver Whitecaps under Ron Atkinson in a League Cup tie in 1982.
Surprisingly Atkinson failed to see Peter’s talent and his time at Old Trafford was cut short as he would return back to Vancouver. After that, the rest is history as Peter signed for Newcastle United in 1983 before becoming a household name for Liverpool, Everton and England before returning back to St James’s Park. He had a short spell with Bolton in 1997 in the twilight of his career.
Manchester United: 1982 – 1983 (1 appearance, 0 goals)
Liverpool: 1987 – 1991 (175 appearances, 59 goals)
Another name on this list is probably an unknown to United fans outside of England, but former Tranmere Rovers Centre of Excellence star Wootton is certainly a name for the future. The now 20-year-old showed ‘maturity and guts’ at 16 when he turned down a scholarship offer from Liverpool where he was an Under-16 to join United.
Scott’s reasons for leaving Anfield was that he felt his pathway to the Liverpool first team was blocked by the club’s academy having too many foreigners. United quickly signed him up and he has impressed in the U18′s and Reserve teams. He has been given the opportunity to impress at Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough United on-loan for the first half of the season.
One of the trademarks of the aforementioned Sir Matt Busby’s spell in charge at Old Trafford was that he gave young players a chance. Chisnall was a skilful inside forward who was given the opportunity to impress but disappointingly he could not quite do enough to make the shirt his own. Perhaps he suffered from the pressure of playing for United. Maybe though he just wasn’t good enough.
Phil remains the last player to be transferred directly between United and Liverpool, but only made 8 appearances at Anfield under Bill Shankly before moving onto Southend United whom he made over 140 appearances for in the space of three seasons before retiring after a season at Stockport. He remains one of the less well-known Busby Babes but should by no means be forgotten.
Manchester United: 1959 – 1964 (47 appearances, 10 goals)
Liverpool: 1964 – 1967 (9 appearances, 2 goals)