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Pogba interest? Every player to play for Liverpool and Manchester United

It has been a rather interesting week for Liverpool and Manchester United on the transfer front.

Firstly, academy prospect Ethan Ennis swapped Merseyside for Manchester after weeks of speculation.

The 16-year-old rejected a new contract at Kirkby and decided to sign for the academy of the Reds’ arch-rivals instead.

Then, on Thursday, French outlet Le 10 Sport bizarrely claimed that Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba had been offered to Liverpool by his agent Mino Raiola.

While we do not believe that a transfer is remotely possible, it got us thinking – who else has played for both Liverpool and Man United?

Well, we did some digging so that you didn’t have to. You’re welcome.

Players to have moved directly between Liverpool and Manchester United

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As expected, there have not been many players to move directly between the two clubs. There are just nine in total.

The first came way back in August 1912, when Tom Chorlton moved from the Reds to the Red Devils.

The first to move from United to Liverpool was Jackie Sheldon a year later.

There were three direct transfers between the two sides in the 1920s. Tom Miller (1920) and Tommy Reid (1929) went from Liverpool to United, while Fred Hopkin (1921) went in the other direction.

Two players left Anfield to go to Old Trafford in 1938. These were Ted Savage and Allenby Chilton.

The last two players to be directly transferred both went from United to Liverpool.

It was Thomas McNulty in 1954 before Phil Chisnall became the most recent player to directly transfer between Liverpool and Manchester United in 1964.

Such is the rivalry between the two teams that no player has moved between them in 57 years.

We expect this number to only grow as long as time goes on.

Others to have played for both sides

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There have been a few more players to play for both teams, albeit via another club in between.

Peter Beardsley is one recognisable one.

The Geordie star signed for United from Vancouver Whitecaps in the 1982/83 season but played just once for them.

There was another spell at the Canadian side before Beardsley then joined his hometown club, Newcastle United.

The 59-cap England international then signed for Liverpool in 1987.

He played 131 games for the Reds, scoring 46 times. He won two league titles and an FA Cup in a very successful four-year spell.

Paul Ince shocked the English football world when he joined Liverpool in 1997.

He had been the captain of Manchester United before signing for Inter Milan in 1995.

“The Guvnor” did not have as successful a spell at Anfield as he did at Old Trafford, however.

The most recent player to play for both sides is Michael Owen.

Having come through Liverpool’s academy, Owen was the club’s golden boy. He burst onto the scene as a teenager and was well on his way to becoming a Reds legend.

He was sold to Real Madrid under controversial circumstances in 2004 before a spell at Newcastle preceded him joining Manchester United in 2009.

His relationship with Liverpool fans has never healed, and Owen remains a much-maligned figure on Merseyside.

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