Seven players who crossed Man Utd and City divide as Sergio Aguero linked with shock free transfer to Old Trafford

SERGIO AGUERO is undoubtedly a true Manchester City legend.

But their record goalscorer will be leaving the club when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Rivals Manchester United have been sensationally linked with a stunning free transfer swoop.

SunSport exclusively revealed that LaLiga giants Barcelona are set to go all-out to try and land the legendary City forward.

Inter Milan have also emerged as contenders to bring the veteran striker to Italy.

But should United somehow win the race – and Aguero risk his reputation on the blue half of the city – he would join a select group of players to represent both Manchester clubs.

We take a look at seven of those who have done so…

Carlos Tevez

The most-recent example of a player to play for both is Argentine cult hero Tevez.

He was never too far away from controversy during his time in England – none more so than when he traded Old Trafford for the Etihad in 2009 and that famous 'Welcome to Manchester' billboard.

Tevez is one of the few who enjoyed genuine success with both – winning the Premier League twice with United and once with City.

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Peter Schmeichel

Arguably the greatest goalkeeper of all time, the Great Dane enjoyed the prime eight years of his career under Sir Alex Ferguson.

During that time, Schmeichel played 398 times, scored once and won ten major honours, including the Treble in 1999 before immediately leaving for Sporting Lisbon.

Two years in Portugal was followed by a year at Aston Villa and then had a final swansong season with City in 2002-03.


Denis Law

With 404 United appearances, 237 goals, two league titles, an FA Cup, the European Cup and the 1964 Ballon d'Or, Law is undeniably an Old Trafford hero.

But either side of his 11 seasons at Old Trafford, he had three seasons with City, totalling 79 appearances – originally joining City in 1960 for a British transfer record fee of around £55,000 as the Citizens pipped Matt Busby's United.

Brian Kidd

A product of the Manchester United academy, Kidd broke through into the first team as a teenager and scored in the European Cup final on his 19th birthday.

Relegation saw him join Arsenal in 1974 but two years later he was back in the north-west with City where he spent three seasons, scoring three against United in the 1977-78 campaign.

Since retiring, Kidd has enjoyed incredible success working at both Manchester clubs as an assistant, including under both Ferguson and now Pep Guardiola.


Andy Cole

United signed Cole for a British record fee of £7m – £6m cash plus the £1m-rated Keith Gillespie – from Newcastle in January 1995 and hit the ground running with 12 goals in 18 games before the end of the season.

In total, he racked up 121 strikes for the Red Devils in 275 games and enjoyed a formidable strike partnership with Dwight Yorke – as well as healthy competition from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham.

After eight seasons, he had three years at Blackburn before a year apiece at Fulham, Manchester City, Portsmouth, Sunderland and Nottingham Forest and retired in late 2008.


Owen Hargreaves

Andrei Kanchelskis made 133 appearances for the two Manchester clubs – 123 of those for United between 1991 and 1995 – but Hargreaves gets the nod in this list.

The England-midfielder-now-BT Sport pundit spent most of his career at Bayern Munich but finished it in Manchester with the two clubs.

Four injury-hit seasons at Old Trafford between 2007 and 2011 yielded just 39 appearances – but did include a Premier League and Champions League double.

He managed four games in another torrid campaign at the Etihad in 2011-12, although that season did end with a dramatic trophy lift thanks to that man Aguero.


Billy Meredith

Finally, a special mention must also go to Wales international forward Billy Meredith.

Meredith joined City in 1894 and scored 134 goals in 362 appearances before switching to United in 1906, playing 335 matches across 11 seasons either side of World War I.

He then spent the final three years and 32 games of his club career back at City – meaning he managed a combined 171 goals in 729 appearances for the two clubs.




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