Manchester United return to Premier League action this weekend following their midweek EFL Cup victory over rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford. The Reds welcome promoted side Burnley to the Theatre of Dreams hoping to kick on from last weekend’s drubbing at Jose Mourinho’s former stomping ground. Sean Dyche’s side are currently faring the better of the three promoted sides that came up last season. The Claret’s are 14th in the league having amassed ten points from their opening nine games and have already beat Liverpool and Everton at Turf Moor this campaign.
The Reds last league game at Old Trafford finished all square as they failed to see off bottom half side Stoke City and will be hoping for a different outcome this weekend when they face a Burnley side who sit just three points clear of the relegation zone. The two sides have faced off just four times this side of the millennium due to the teams not being in the same division and United have not lost at home to the Claret’s since 1962!
The Lancashire side head to the Theatre of dreams with a few ex-Reds among their ranks, including Tom Heaton and Michael Keane, so let’s take a look at some of the players down the years who have represented both sides.
Many people associate Mike Phelan with being Sir Alex Ferguson’s right-hand man during a successful period during 2008-2013 but what people may not know is that Phelan played for the Reds during Fergie’s early days at Old Trafford. Phelan started his career at Burnley having come up through the youth ranks, he spent six years at Turf Moor making 168 appearances before moving to Norwich City in 1985. He later joined the Reds in 1989, making 102 appearances. The Englishman won the Premier League, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup during his time at Old Trafford.
Two-time Premier League winner David May spent all his playing career in the North West of England. He started out at United’s league rivals Blackburn Rovers before making his move to Old Trafford in 1994 where he would spend nine years, winning seven trophies. As well as lifting the Premier League in 95/96 and 96/97, he won the FA Cup twice, the Community Shield twice and the Champions League in 1999. May joined the Clarets when his contract at United expired in 2003, he spent one season at Turf Moor before finishing his career at non-league side Bacup Borough.
Luke Chadwick came through the youth ranks at United and broke onto the scene in the 2000/01 season, making 22 appearances in all competitions, scoring twice (his only goals for the club). He featured just 11 more times across the next two season and spent the majority of his five years at the club on loan elsewhere. One of those clubs was Burnley. He actually made more appearances in one season for the Clarets than he did through the entirety of his Manchester United career. Burnley turned out to be his last loan spell away from Old Trafford and when his contract was up in 2004 he joined West Ham United on a free transfer.
Third on the all-time Premier League top scoring charts with 187 goals, Andy Cole spent the majority of his career at Old Trafford. He joined United in the January transfer window of 1995 from Premier League rivals Newcastle United. Cole went on to make 275 appearances for the Reds, scoring 121 times. He spent almost seven years at Old Trafford, winning an impressive five league titles. His career was a bit stop-start after leaving United as he represented eight different clubs from late 2001 until announcing his retirement in 2009. One of which was Championship side, Burnley. Cole scored 6 times in 13 appearances for the Clarets during the 2007/08 campaign.
Defender Michael Keane is one of two former Reds who currently ply their trade at Turf Moor, along with keeper Tom Heaton. Keane made just one appearance for United before joining fellow Premier League side Burnley on loan in 2014. In January 2015 the loan deal was made permanent and since then Keane has been relegated and promoted with the Clarets. He was recently called up to Gareth Southgate’s England team and was the subject of a couple of bids from Premier League champions Leicester City in the summer. I’m sure the 23-year-old will get a good reception when he returns to Old Trafford on Saturday.