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Connections: West Ham United – Carlos Tevez, Rio Ferdinand and More!

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Manchester United welcome Slaven Bilic’s West Ham United side to Old Trafford on Sunday, hoping to make it two wins in four days at the Theatre of Dreams. The Reds resoundingly saw off Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday evening, winning 4-0. It now means that a point in Ukraine against Zorya Luhansk will see them progress to the knockout stages. A win and a draw in United’s last two league outings hardly screams upturn in form but it’s the performances that have been impressive. Granted Swansea City have their own troubles to worry about but United played really well in their 3-1 win before the international break, just as they did against Arsenal last weekend. The fact that a point at home to high-flying Arsenal felt like a defeat tells its own story.

United’s opponents haven’t got off to the greatest of starts this season either, in fact, they sit just one place and one point above the drop zone after a dozen games. The Hammers have conceded 23 goals this term, only Hull City (27) have leaked more. The Reds will be hoping to avenge last seasons 3-2 defeat to West Ham at Upton Park which ultimately cost them a place in the Champions League.

Plenty of players have donned both jerseys throughout the years, so let’s take a look at a few players who have represented both United teams.

Carlos Tevez

Tevez joined the London club from Corinthian’s in a double swoop by the Hammers who also captured now Barcelona star Javier Mascherano. It was seen as a massive coup at the time as the pair had previously been linked with Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea. Tevez scored the only goal of the game at Old Trafford on the final day of the 2006/07 season, ensuring the Hammers safety and that summer he joined Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. He scored 34 goals in all competitions over two seasons for the Reds before joining cross-town rivals Manchester City in 2009. Tevez now plies his trade in his native Argentina for Boca Juniors.

Rio Ferdinand

What a defender this man was. There’s a reason he was the most expensive defender in world football when he joined Leeds United from the Hammers in 2000. Ferdinand also became the most expensive Brutish footballer at the time when Manchester United splashed out just shy of £30m for his services in 2002. He spent an impressive 12 seasons at Old Trafford, winning six league titles, the Champions League in 2008 and multiple trophies in between.

Michael Carrick

Much like Ferdinand, Carrick has spent the majority of his career at Old Trafford having come through the ranks at West Ham. The midfielder spent five seasons in the first team at Upton Park before moving to Spurs in 2004. Two seasons at Tottenham followed suit before Carrick joined Sir Alex Ferguson’s United for £18.6m in 2006. He’s won every domestic trophy with the Reds, including the Premier League an impressive five times. 10 years since joining United, Carrick is still pulling the strings at the ripe age of 35.

Ravel Morrison

Morrison grew up in Wythenshawe – which is roughly six miles from Old Trafford – just like starlet Marcus Rashford did. To say their careers have taken different paths is an understatement. Morrison was part of the same side as Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba that won the FA Youth Cup in 2011 however Morrison’s career seems to have taken a nosedive. He signed for West Ham in January 2012 and made just 24 appearances for the Hammers, scoring five times, one of which was a brilliant solo goal in a 3-0 win at White Hart Lane against rivals Tottenham Hotspur. After numerous loan spells away from the club, Morrison now plies his trade in Italy with Serie A side, Lazio.

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