Top 10 players who played for Chelsea and Manchester United
Both clubs are among the Premier League’s big six
There are many athletes who have changed teams for various reasons. Any sport has potentially experienced this involving club teams. Many athletes, from basketball and football to baseball and hockey, have changed their jerseys for new outfits to boost their reputation. The coach might have been too much to deal with, the players might not have communicated well with each other or for financial considerations. The reason may be whatever, but clubs compete for the best players and we have seen transfers making headlines day after day.
English premier league is another competition where players change teams frequently. In reality, there are athletes who have played for both Chelsea and Manchester United, two of the most successful clubs in Premier League history. It wasn’t just one or two players who changed teams; rather, there are a few.
Both Manchester United and chelsea have produced some of the best players in history. Since it’s rare for a player to represent these two teams, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 players who have done so.
Mark Hughes had a long stint with Manchester United. Hughes, a United Academy product, moved to Barcelona in 1986 and, after a few years with other teams, returned to United in 1989.
Mark Hughes started his career in 1980 with Manchester United. He spent two seasons with Barcelona after 1986. Hughes was then loaned out to Bayern Munich before returning to Manchester United.
Hughes went to Chelsea for £1million in 1995 and played until 1998. The Englishman made 95 appearances for the Blues and scored 25 goals.
Premier League star Juan Sebastián Verón also played for Manchester United and Chelsea. As a retired Argentine footballer, he played and even served as president of Estudiantes de La Plata, where he was director of sport. He was a former midfielder who played for several clubs and helped them succeed.
Juan moved to Manchester United in July at a cost of £24.3 million on a five-year deal after the 2001 season. It was considered the most expensive transfer in English football at the time. Two years later, Chelsea paid £15million for him coinciding with the arrival of Roman Abramovich. However, Juan said he was eager to stay and fight for his place at Old Trafford, but Ferguson allowed Chelsea to talk to him and eventually convinced him to leave. The transfer fee was below the record transfer fee.
Colombian striker Radamel Falcao played for Manchester United and Chelsea. Falcao joined Manchester United on loan from AS Monaco in 2014. Falcao was once considered one of the most devastating strikers in the world. His career, however, plummeted after a terrible injury before the loan to Manchester United. Following the failure at Old Trafford, Chelsea decided to take a chance and also signed him on loan. However, he only appeared in 10 league games, scoring one goal.
Due to his skill with the ball, he is also known as ‘El Tigre’ or ‘King of the Europa League’.
7. Juan Mata
Juan Mata is a Spanish attacking midfielder who previously played for Manchester United and Chelsea.
Mata joined Manchester United from Chelsea in 2014 for a fee of around £34million. The main cause of his withdrawal from the club was his disagreement with then-Blues manager Jose Mourinho. Later, when Mourinho joined the Red Devils, the Spanish midfielder performed admirably under his supervision.
His strengths are as a central impact player, but he has also been spotted playing on the wing. Juan also played for Real Madrid Castilla and Valencia.
Romelu Menama Lukaku Bolingoli, better known as Romelu Lukaku, is a Belgian professional footballer best known as a striker. He is one of five players to score 50 Premier League goals before the age of 23, and only the fourth to score 80 goals before the age of 24. Romelu also holds the all-time record for scoring 31 goals for the Belgian national. crew. It’s no surprise that he is one of the Premier League’s top scorers.
While Romelu has done so much at such a young age, he has also played for Manchester United and Chelsea. He joined Chelsea in August 2011 for an undisclosed fee. Lukaku joined Manchester United from Everton on transfer deadline day in August 2017 for around £90million. Many media sites expected the Belgian to return to his former club as Antonio Conte was a big fan of him but the Red Devils emerged victorious.
George Graham was a striker for both Manchester United and Chelsea. He is one of the few players to have represented Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. George Graham went to Chelsea from Aston Villa for £5,000 in 1964. In 72 league games, Graham scored 35 goals. The Scot was at the club for two seasons before joining Arsenal in 1966.
Graham joined Manchester United from Arsenal in 1972 for £120,000. The Scot made 43 league appearances for the Red Devils but scored just two goals. During his Premier League career, the former striker won a few titles.
Graham won the League Cup in 1964-65 with Chelsea. He won the majority of his titles playing for Arsenal, including the Premier League in 1970-71.
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4. Nemanja Matic
Serbian defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic played for Manchester United and Chelsea. Matic spent two seasons with Chelsea. Matic first joined Chelsea in 2009, from Kosice, for £1.5million. However, throughout his two years at the club, he only made two league appearances. Matic (£20m) was included in a trade deal for Benfica defender David Luiz in 2011.
Chelsea re-signed Nemanja Matic from Benfica for £21million in 2014. Under Jose Mourinho, he quickly established himself as one of the greatest defensive midfielders in the League. Matic joined United from Chelsea in 2017 for a fee of around £40million. Jose Mourinho, the former Manchester United manager, wanted Matic to join him at United to help strengthen their midfield.
Paul Andrew Parker, better known as Paul Parker, is a retired English footballer, manager and sports television analyst. He is well known in the Premier League, having played for a variety of clubs including Derby County, Fulham, Queens Park Rangers and others. He also played for Manchester United and Chelsea in the Premier League.
Paul joined Manchester United in 1991 and moved to QPR in August for £2m. He then appeared in four games for Chelsea from 1996 to 1997. He did not, however, feature in Chelsea’s FA Cup final victory, which broke the club’s 26-year drought.
Mal Donaghy is a Northern Irish footballer who played for Manchester United and Chelsea.
Aged 31, the Northern Ireland defender joined Manchester United in the later stages of his career for £100,000. During his four-year tenure with United, he won three titles before joining Chelsea, his last club.
With Chelsea he won the 1990/91 European Cup Winners’ Cup, the 1990 FA Charity Shield and the 1991 European Super Cup.
Ray Wilkins died on April 4, 2018, considered one of England’s finest footballers. Wilkins was a Chelsea supporter and started his career with the club in 1973. He played for the Blues for six seasons. The midfielder also spent five years at United and led the team to FA Cup victory in 1983.
Ray Wilkins won the FA Cup in 1982-83, the FA Charity Shield in 1983 and was named Manchester United Player of the Year in 1976 and 1977.