5 players who played for Manchester United and FC Barcelona

Manchester United and FC Barcelona are two of the biggest clubs in the world and we take a look at five players who featured for both clubs.

Sir Alex Ferguson, Ronald Koeman, Pep guardiola, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial

Both Manchester United and FC Barcelona are arguably two of the biggest and prestigious clubs in European football. Representing these clubs is an honour for any player. Both clubs have showcased their domination in European football over the years and continue to do so.

The Catalans have won 26 La Liga titles and 5 Champions League titles while the Red Devils have won 13 Premier League titles, 3 Champions League titles, 1 Europa League title and 12 FA Cup titles. Very few players get an opportunity to represent both clubs. In the past, there have been instances when some players have managed to play for both these clubs thus managing to showcase their quality at the highest level.

Take a look at 5 players who have played for Manchester United as well as FC Barcelona

#5 Laurent Blanc

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The 55-year-old was nicknamed ‘Le President’ for his determined leadership at Marseille. Blanc was a part of the 1998 World Cup-winning French team. Blanc was known for his darting interceptions although he wasn’t a muscular figure but was quite effective with his ability to cut out any attacking move from the opposition.

Blanc played for FC Barcelona during the 1996-97 season in 28 games. He played for Manchester United from 2001-03 in 48 games and scored 1 goal in that season. He was appointed as a manager of FC Bordeaux and later on Paris St Germain from 2013 to 2016. In between, he was also appointed manager of the French national team.

#4 Alexis Sanchez

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The Chilean was a dominating force with his speed and destructive finishing when he was in his 20’s. Sanchez has a clever vision to move in scoring positions and has this knack of setting up goals with his clever sense of passing. The 33-year-old likes to attack with his pressing game and accelerating pace.

The striker played  88 games for FC Barcelona from 2011 to 2014 scoring 39 goals and played 32 games for Manchester United from 2018 to 2020. Perhaps, he faced competition from Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford at Old Trafford which forced him to shift his base to Inter Milan FC.

#3 Gerard Pique

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A renowned figure in La Liga, Pique has been a loyal guard for the Catalans’ since his arrival at Camp Nou in 2008. The 34-year-old has manned the defence with solidity and stubborn technique. Pique has been a reliable figure at the back and has played under some top-quality managers like Pep Guardiola, Sir Alex Ferguson, Ronald Koeman which has evolved his game to another level.

Pique has offered resistance at the back with his darting tackles and brilliant clearances. The defender has been a tough negotiator when it comes to winning aerial duels during set-pieces with his reach. He played for Manchester United in 12 games from 2004 to 2008 but since his association with Barcelona, the 34-year-old has been a vital component for the Catalans’. Pique has played 364 games for FC Barcelona and is still going strong. He has won 7 La Liga titles and 3 Champions League with the club

#2 Henrik Larrson

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The striker created a menace in the opposition camp with his striking abilities terrorizing the opposition with his classic counterattacks combined with clever positioning inside the box. The 49-year-old played for FC Barcelona from 2004 to 2006 scoring 13 goals in 40 games.

The Swedish striker moved to Manchester United in 2007 on loan but played only 7 games for the Red Devils. Larrson won 1 Champions League title and 2 La Liga titles for FC Barcelona.

#1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Another Swedish striker who is unstoppable with his speed, skilful trickery and cracking finishes at this age. The 40-year-old still manages to dominate the opposition with his pace and menacing runs. Ibrahimovic played for FC Barcelona from 2011 to 2014 in 88 games scoring 39 goals. He won 1 La Liga title for the Catalans.

The Charismatic forward played for Manchester United in 32 games from 2018 to 2020. Although Ibrahimovic was strongly built he couldn’t sustain the challenges of tough English conditions which was quite surprising. The 40-year-old can still run through the defences with his ability to build-up play at the centre.

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