🔴⚪ The Nine players to feature for both Real Madrid and Man United
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🔴⚪ The Nine players to feature for both Real Madrid and Man United

Manchester United confirmed the signing of defender Raphael Varane from Real Madrid on Tuesday evening.

In what was a much-anticipated transfer, United believes they are getting a player who will help them win trophies that have eluded them since the Jose Mourinho days.

As it has been before, United and Madrid have had a good relationship before in player transfers with a total of nine players featuring for both sides over the years. And apart from Varane who becomes the latest player in the list, who are the other eight?

  • Laurie Cunningham

The late Laurie Cunningham was the first player to don the shirts of both clubs. Having started his career with Leyton Orient, Laurie made shockwaves when he was in West Brom colors; an outing that earned him a move to Real Madrid in 1979.

Things didn't work out as he expected in the Spanish capital and were to return to England in 1983 when United took him on a loan deal. He only made five appearances for the Reds in that period scoring one goal.

  • David Beckham

Having come through the United youth ranks, Beckham was a member of the famed Class of 92 and helped United to a treble in 1999. He was to move to the Spanish capital in 2003 following a disagreement with manager Alex Ferguson.

  • Ruud van Nistelrooy

The Dutchman was revered at Old Trafford after arriving from PSV. In his time at United between 2001 and 2006, he notched 150 goals before moving to Madrid where he won the Pichichi award for the top scorer in his first campaign at the Bernabeu.

  • Gabriel Heinze

A reliable left-back, the Argentine won the league three times during his time at United but moved to Madrid in 2007 where he added a Laliga title to his trophy cabinet the following year.

  • Michael Owen

Michael Owen left Liverpool in 2004 to join the Galacticos but lasted just one season in Spain before returning to the Premier League with Newcastle United. After four years with the Magpies, Owen was lured to the Red Devils by Sir Alex Ferguson.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo

When Owen was moving to United, Ronaldo was leaving for Real Madrid. Considered one of the best signings, he continued with his form at Madrid where apart from winning four Champions League titles, he became their record goalscorer.

  • Angel Di Maria

Di Maria was the first player United signed directly from Real Madrid. The Argentine had spent four successful seasons in the Spanish capital but left immediately after he won the Champions League in 2014. He however only lasted at United in one season under Louis van Gaal before leaving for Paris Saint Germain where he remains to date.

  • Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez

The Mexican scored 59 goals in 157 games for United between 2010 and 2015 but after not being promised a regular game time at Old Trafford, he was to leave for Madrid on loan in the 2014/15 campaign.

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