Manchester United are set to take on Everton in the Premier League on Saturday – and the two clubs have a special transfer relationship which has seen multiple players move to Goodison Park from Old Trafford
Almost every player grows up wanting to play for the Old Trafford giants, regardless of what you think of them as a club.
Of the lucky few who are chosen to represent the Red Devils, it sometimes doesn’t work out in the way that it was once hoped.
No fewer than 10 players have made the move from United to Goodison Park in the Premier League era – but did things work out for them in Merseyside? Here, Mirror Football takes a closer look…
Andrei Kanchelskis – Moved in 1995
Kanchelskis arrived at Old Trafford in 1991 from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk and the winger went on to win two league titles with United.
But after four years at the club, Kanchelskis’ time was up and the midfielder was sold to Everton for a then club record fee of £5million.
Kanchelskis was a key performer at Everton, before departing for Fiorentina in 1997.
John O’Kane – Moved in 1998
Believe it or not O’Kane was at the club during the Class of 92, although you probably don’t remember him.
O’Kane was subsequently moved on in 1998 following just two first-team appearances at United.
He lasted just one season at Everton before departing for Bolton.
Jesper Blomqvist – Moved in 2001
Blomqvist was one of the hero’s from the famous 1999 Champions League final, although some fans may remember he was subbed off for Teddy Sheringham before things turned around in United’s favour.
Unfortunately for the Swede, injuries got in the way of his career at Old Trafford and he subsequently left after making just 25 appearances over three seasons.
In 2001, he was sold to Everton, but just a year later he was moved on again, this time to Charlton Athletic.
Phil Neville – Moved in 2005
The less famous Neville left his brother behind in 2005 when he signed for the Toffees.
Neville was one of the few who made the move to Everton from United where things worked in his favour, with the full-back becoming a mainstay in the team until his retirement in 2013.
Since then, Neville has gone on to manage the England Women’s national side and is now the head coach at David Beckham’s Inter Miami in the MLS.
Tim Howard – Moved in 2006 (initially on loan, made permanent in 2007)
The American goalkeeper had one season as a first-team regular at Old Trafford, before losing his place in the side to Roy Carroll and then Edwin van der Sar.
He then became an Everton legend after spending a nine seasons in Merseyside until he headed back to the US to join Colorado Rapids.
Howard then spent a season at Memphis 901 in the second tier of US football, before calling time on his playing career.
Louis Saha – Moved in 2008
Injuries got in the way of Saha’s career in Manchester, but he still spent four seasons playing for the Red Devils and won back-to-back Premier League titles.
Saha then left for Everton after scoring 42 goals in 124 appearances, where he remained until he joined Tottenham in 2012.
Darron Gibson – Moved in 2012
His career at Old Trafford began with the hope that he could become a first-team regular, but then Gibson’s career took a dramatic turn for the worst.
After seven years at United – with loan spells at Royal Antwerp and Wolves in between – Gibson packed his bags and headed for Goodison Park.
The former Republic of Ireland international’s career has also been affected by injuries and the midfielder is currently without a club after leaving Salford City at the end of last season.
Tom Cleverley – Moved in 2015
The former England midfielder became a scapegoat during his time in the United first-team, particularly after they finished seventh in the 2014-15 season under David Moyes.
Cleverley needed a fresh start and thankfully for him, Everton came calling after a loan spell at Villa.
The 27-year-old is still at Watford after joining the club in 2017.
Morgan Schneiderlin – Moved in 2017
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The Frenchman joined United in 2015 for a fee of £25m after impressing at Southampton.
However, Schneiderlin experienced limited first-team opportunities at Old Trafford which subsequently led to the midfielder missing out on the France squad for Euro 2016.
Schneiderlin remained at Goodison Park until 2020 and is now plying his trade back in his native France with Nice.
The England legend is the most recent player to make the move to Merseyside from United when he re-joined his boyhood club in 2017.
Rooney spent 13 seasons at Old Trafford, until he decided the time was right to return to Merseyside.
The forward scored ten times in 30 Premier League appearances, but then left for MLS side D.C United in 2018.
Rooney hung his boots up in January and is now the manager of Derby County.