Played for both Blackburn and Man Utd
Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United will revive their northwest rivalry on Sunday, when they battle in the FA Cup 5th round.
The Premier League-winning duo have not played since Rovers were last in the top-flight in 2011/12, but players from both teams have still transferred from each over the past two decades or so.
We’ve picked out six of the highest profile stars to have done so in the modern era!
So, read on to find out those that have played for both Blackburn and Man Utd…
Starting in alphabetical order, Norway centurion Berg spent most of his career in England, with both these teams in question.
His time with Man Utd was sandwiched in-between two spells with Blackburn, with whom he scored against his then-former team in a 2002/03 PL fixture.
Rovers lost 3-1 that day, however.
Berg won multiple trophies with both sides, including the Premier League with Blackburn, and was also part of the Red Devils’ 1998/99 Champions League-winning squad.
Despite a spell to forget in charge of Rovers in late 2012, he is still fondly remembered as a player, having been the first player to win the PL with two clubs, as well as the first Norwegian to lift the trophy.
Brown is the second of five of these stars who played for both Blackburn and Man Utd that won the CL with the latter.
He’s the only one to have claimed the trophy twice, though, and none of the others came through the Red Devils’ academy.
The versatile defender is perhaps best known for his assist for Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2007/08 Champions League final.
Brown signed for Rovers in the summer as player-coach, but has made minimal appearances for them.
He scored against Blackburn for United in 2008/09, and is 22/1 with Paddy Power to net anytime in this clash.
Former England striker Cole played for many clubs during his career. But he is by far best known for his Man Utd spell.
With 121 goals for United, he’s 17th on the all-time list for the club. He’s just ahead of Ronaldo by three, despite playing seven games fewer.
With five PL titles, two FA Cups and Champions League among other trophies won at Old Trafford, it’s fair to say he’s a club hero.
After his time with Man Utd came to an end, he signed for Blackburn, and netted the winning goal for them in the 2001/02 League Cup final.
Cole is the only one of these stars who scored for both teams against the other.
Touted by Sir Alex Ferguson and others as the future of the club and even likened to Duncan Edwards, Jones is yet to reach his apparent potential.
However, he has picked up some form and confidence under Jose Mourinho this season.
Jones came through the ranks at Rovers, before transferring to United in 2011.
He’s played against his former side just twice since, and is the one of two on this list not to have scored for one of these clubs against the other.
Still only 24, Jones has a big future ahead of him and will be looking to add to his Premier League and FA Cup medals to date.
Like fellow defender Jones, May was in Blackburn’s youth academy before being bought by close neighbours United.
May played his whole career up in the Northwest, except for a very brief spell across the Pennines at Huddersfield Town.
He played mostly for Blackburn, but won five major trophies with the Red Devils – including the Champions League.
You can back Rovers at 11/2 with betway to qualify from this tie with United.
Last and certainly not least, is Cole’s former partner in crime Yorke.
The Tobagonian icon initially made his name at Aston Villa, before making his mark at United.
Without Cole by his side during the 2001/02 season, Yorke soon followed him to Blackburn the following year.
Like Cole, he picked up a League Cup winner’s medal with Rovers, before both later linking up again at Sunderland.
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