Double agents: Five players who played for both Liverpool and Manchester United

Ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United on Sunday, BEN PAINTER recalls some of the select few who have represented both sides.

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Liverpool play bitter rivals Manchester United away at Old Trafford on Sunday in what is a very important game for both clubs who desperately need three points.

The race for top four is definitely on and hopefully Jürgen Klopp and his Redmen can find a way to win this game and get back into the top four and the elusive Champions League spots.

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Not many players have played for both sides of the fixture – bitter rivals like these rarely allow players to move to the other side – but there are a few brave souls who have made the switch.

Phil Chisnall

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A forward who played in the ’60s and ’70s, Chisnall is currently the most recent player to be directly transferred between the two clubs.

Born in Manchester, he started his career with the Red Devils making 47 appearances and scoring 10 goals before signing for Liverpool in 1964 for a fee of £25,000.

He only managed two goals in eight appearances in two years on Merseyside before moving to Southend and then Stockport County for the remainder of his career.

Tom Chorlton

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A defender who played in the early 19th century, Chorlton played for Stockport County and then Accrington Stanley before signing for Liverpool in 1904.

He went on to make 117 appearances for the Reds and scored eight goals before moving to United in 1912.

Chorlton only managed four appearances for the Red Devils in two years and left for Stalybridge Celtic in 1914, where he finished his career.

Peter Beardsley

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Beardsley was born in Hexham in the North East and began his career with Carlisle United before taking a leap across the Atlantic to join Vancouver Whitecaps in 1982.

After impressing abroad, scoring 20 in 48 games, the attacking midfielder moved back to England with Manchester United in the same year.

However, he failed to get going and only managed one appearance in the League Cup, moving back to Vancouver and then to boyhood club Newcastle United in 1983.


He picked up great form for Newcastle and earned himself a move to Liverpool in 1987 – he made 131 league appearances and scored 46 goals for the Reds. Also winning the First Division twice and an FA Cup.

He then went on to turn out for a plethora of different clubs throughout England – finishing his career in 1999 with Melbourne Knights in Australia.

Quite the globetrotting adventure, then!

Paul Ince

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Ince started his career with West Ham and moved to Manchester United in 1989, making 206 league appearances for the Red Devils and hitting the back of the net 25 times. He won the Premier League twice, lifted the FA Cup on two occasions and won a League Cup with United.

He then moved to Italy with Inter Milan in 1995, playing there for two years before moving back to England with Liverpool in 1997.

Despite winning no honours ‘the Guv’nor’ performed well for the Reds during his two-year spell before leaving to join Middlesbrough in 1999.

Three years on Teesside ended with a four-year spell with Wolverhampton and then, after three appearances for Swindon Town in 2007, Ince called time on his career after a single outing for Macclesfield Town in that same year.

Michael Owen

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A pacey forward with a fantastic finish, Owen started his career with Liverpool, making his debut in 1996.

He went on to make 216 league appearances for the Reds and scores 118 goals – also winning the FA Cup and League Cup and UEFA Cup in 2000/01 and the League Cup again in 2002/03.

He also lifted the Ballon d’Or in 2001, and remains the only Liverpool player to do so.


He could have become a club legend, but Owen moved to Real Madrid in 2004 and could not find the form he had for the Reds, enduring a torrid time with injury, and moving to Newcastle two years later.

After letting his contract run out in Newcastle, Owen signed for United in 2009, much to the disappointment of Liverpool fans.

He went on to make 31 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring five goals and winning the Premier League and the Football League Cup over the course of three years.

Stoke City was where he finished his career, though he only managed eight appearances and a single goal in the 2012/13 season.

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