6 Manchester City Manchester United Turncoats Who Played in Both Blue & Red

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Manchester City Manchester United rivalry has been met with good old neighbourly hostility since they first went head-to-head in 1881 (Man U won 3-0). Even Fergie did a u-turn a few years back, declaring that Manchester City had officially overtaken Liverpool as Manchester United’s most important rivals.

But that didn’t stop these six floozies committing the cardinal sin of swapping the red side of Manchester for blue…

Owen Hargreaves 

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Just weeks after being released by Man United, the tenacious, injury-prone Canadian, Englishman hobbled over to The Etihad and signed on the dotted line for City. Red Devils fans maybe got a little antsy as he scored on his debut against Birmingham City in The League Cup, but there wasn’t really anything to be excited about – glass ankles Hargreaves was released at the end of that season. The Blues won their first Premiership title in 44 years, however Hargreaves wasn’t eligible for a medal after playing only one league game all season.

Brian Kidd


Kidd was of course the trusty right hand man of Sir Alex Ferguson’s annoying reign of domestic and global football domination. Brian had the best 19th birthday known to man, scoring against Benfica in a 4-1 win in 1968, but that didn’t stop him being a Manchester club-slut…twice.

After leaving the Reds for Arsenal, he then moved on to City banging in a very impressive 59 goals in 130 games before returning to Old Trafford in 1991 as assistant manager…he is now the current assistant manager at…Manchester City. What a strumpet!

Peter Schmeichel 

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The red-nosed Dane doesn’t need any introductions. Not if you call yourself a football fan anyway. One of the greatest, gravity-defying, match-winning goalkeepers to have ever graced the beautiful game. Also crossed the divide (although he was certainly past his prime at the time of the move).

Pub quiz Schmeichel fact; during his nine years with Manchester United, they were unbeaten against Manchester City, while in his single season with City, they won at Maine Road and drew at Old Trafford.

Andrew Cole

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One of the most lethal finishers and highest goalscorers in Premier League history, (just don’t call him Andy) Cole fell out of favour to Ruud van Nistelrooy and spent a duration at Blackburn and Fulham before arriving at the Etihad Stadium on a one-year deal in 2005 impressing with a record of 10 goals in 23 games before injury ended his season.

Carlos Tevez


One of the most sensational Manchester United Manchester City moves – the blue half falling over themselves to wind up their rivals with a piece of marketing genius, producing a billboard of the player alongside the words ‘Welcome to Manchester.’


The Argentinian forward became an instant star at City – boasting a scoring rate of 53 goals in 87 games and helping the club win the FA Cup last season – their first trophy in 35 years. He left somewhat acrimoniously but City fans should be more welcoming to the striker than United.

Dennis Law


We saved the sauciest until last. The Scotsman is a legend banging in a sensational 237 times in 404 games for United, a record only bettered to this day by Bobby Charlton.

But Manchester City fans conveniently prefer to remember him best for his final professional appearance. Having joined on a free from United, his back-heel goal against his former club helped relegate his beloved United. Distraught Law immediately left the field with the Red Devils condemned to Division Two. In Law’s defence, he doesn’t feel this was exactly the case. We’ll let Denis explain this one himself…

We’ll keep our eyes open for the next Manchester City Manchester United turncoat! Anything’s possible in this game – we all know that this nearly happened…


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