Manchester United are next up for Chris Wilder and his Sheffield United team.
The high-flying Blades are looking to see off the 13-time Premier League champions at Bramall Lane. It will be no easy task, given the quality and talent within the Old Trafford club’s ranks.
Manchester United have always been a club who have the best talent. Although they’ve lost some of their appeal in the last few years, they still remain one of the biggest clubs in world football.
Sheffield United, on the other hand, have historically had to beg, borrow, and steal players in order to achieve success. Whether that be in the form of picking up a bargain in the transfer window or even pinching some of the talent not quite in the first-team picture at clubs like Manchester United.
Current first-team squad members like Oliver Norwood, Ravel Morrison, and Harry Maguire are obvious names to have played for both clubs. But there is a whole host of other players to have represented both the Blades and the Red Devils.
With that, we’ve taken a look at some of the less obvious names when it comes playing for both Manchester and Sheffield United…
After being a regular for the Man United reserves and one of the standout performers, Twiss sealed a loan move to Bramall Lane.
However, despite making 12 appearances, he never lived up to expectations. A career in the lower echelons of the game followed, culminating in a spell with Altrincham before his retirement.
It’s easy to forget that Scottish legend, Andy Goram, donned the gloves for both clubs.
A short spell with the Blades 1998 preceded a move to move to Motherwell for the stopper. However, a goalkeeping crisis at Old Trafford led to the Red Devils bringing Goram in on loan. Despite only a couple of appearances, he did help Man U to the title that year.
Young striker, Alex Notman, got a move to Bramall Lane in 2000. It was a decent loan spell too, one that yielded three goals. He was meant to be one of Scotland’s next big hopes, impressing in their under-21 set-up.
Sadly for Notman, it never panned out. A career way down the footballing pyramid took in spells at the likes of Kings Lynn and Boston as Notman struggled to fulfil his potential.
Ritchie De Laet
De Laet moved to Bramall Lane in 2010 on an emergency loan spell. Despite being highly-rated at Old Trafford, his spell with the Blades was largely unsuccessful.
United won just once in the six games he appeared in – a 1-0 win at Hull City. In fairness to De Laet, he’s had a good career since. A Premier League winner with Leicester in 2016 proving the Belgian was more than capable at the top level.
Brandy’s spell with Sheffield United was nothing short of a nightmare. Signed from Walsall after an impressive campaign with the Saddlers, he never got going for the Blades. A selection of terrible misses in front of goal didn’t help his cause.
He did start his career with Manchester United, however. Despite never making the first-team grade, he was a regular and key player in both the youth and reserve set-up. After his spell with the Blades, he saw his career drift down the lower leagues and he was last seen at Droylsden.