5 Famous Footballers who were Manchester United fans but now play for rival teams

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Manchester United fans are all around the world and all are familiar to the contracts and player signings. Any player signing professional contract with any club are expected to give their heart, body & soul for the club. So lets take a look at 5 Famous Footballers who were Manchester United fans but now play for rival teams.

5 Famous Footballers who were Manchester United fans but now play for rival teams.
Manchester United at Old Trafford (Image credits: Getty Images)/ Famous Footballers who were Manchester United fans

We all grew up supporting a club that we consider to an inevitable part of our life. As we grew older some of us wishes to play for our favorite club but it is not something that usually happens to all those who dream. However, players who get gift with talent, pure passion etc becomes fan favorite as they perform.

One such fan base is Manchester United’s fans – the club with largest supporters around the world. It is with no doubt we can say that Manchester United have plenty of talents and well known players in their squad, also there are players from other teams who were fans of United once when they were a kid but now plays for their rival teams.

So lets take a look at some of those well known figures who were once a Manchester United fan and now plays for their rival team.

5 Famous Footballers who were Manchester United fans but now play for rival teams

Here are some Famous Footballers who were Manchester United fans:

1.Joe Allen

5 Famous Footballers who were Manchester United fans but now play for rival teams
Joe Allan Playing for Stoke City ( Image Credits: Getty Images)/ Famous Footballers who were Manchester United fans

It is with no surprise we can say that the former Liverpool Midfielder was a boyhood fan of Manchester United. Welsh professional footballer has accepted that he was a boy hood fan of the Red Devils in an interview back in October 2016. He was one of the crucial players for Liverpool and United might have regretted in not signing him.

“I’m a boyhood United fan and I can’t wait to go there and pit my wits against players like (Ryan) Giggs and Paul Scholes. Giggs was always someone I looked out for because he was a Welshman and a fantastic player. But, from my own football point of view, I looked up to Roy Keane and Scholes, who was my hero as a kid. When Scholes retired at the end of last season I was disappointed because I thought I would never get the chance to be on the same pitch and line up alongside him” – Joe Allen

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2. Raphaël Varane

5 Famous Footballers who were Manchester United fans but now play for rival teams
Raphaël Varane playing for his current club Real Madrid (Image Credits: As English)/ Famous Footballers who were Manchester United fans

The Worldcup winner and current Spanish Champion Raphaël Varane was a boyhood fan of the Red Devils. With Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, Varane might have had a chance to accomplish his boyhood dream of playing for Manchester United. He was even Linked with a Big money transfer to Old Trafford but the deal didn’t quite succeed as United signed Phil Jones.

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3. Raheem Sterling

5 Famous Footballers who were Manchester United fans but now play for rival teams
Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring his sides third goal of the game/Famous Footballers who were Manchester United fans

The arch rival Manchester City have a hidden player who was once a boyhood fan of United back in his old days. But he choose to play for Liverpool under Brendon Rodgers who gave a breakthrough in his career. Every time he walked out at a frosty Old Trafford, it’s fair to say that any affection the youngster might have had for the Red Devils as a youngster has flown away due to the abuse he is been subjected to by the United fans but we all know the talent he has.

4.Michael Essien

5 Famous Footballers who were Manchester United fans but now play for rival teams
DECEMBER 08: Michael Essien of Chelsea celebrating after scoring a goal. (Image credits:Getty Images)/ Famous Footballers who were Manchester United fans

“I supported them when I was a kid and I used to like Roy Keane a lot. I met him when I went there for a trial but i didn’t dare tackle him.” – Michael Essien, May 2008

“I supported them when I was a kid and I used to like Roy Keane a lot. I met him when I went there for a trial but i didn’t dare tackle him.” – Michael Essien, May 2008 – Telegraph

He was a great boyhood fan of Manchester United back in his youth. Once he became an established player, it was Chelsea who succeeded in getting his signature & was a crucial member in the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE winning team of 2012.

5. John Stones

5 Famous Footballers who were Manchester United fans but now play for rival teams
John Stones of Manchester City (Image Credits: Manchester City FC via Getty Images)/ Famous Footballers who were Manchester United fans

One other player from their noisy neighbours is the England International John Stones of Manchester City who is currently featuring in Pep Guardiola’s starting lineup recently. The 26-year-old Barnsley native is said to be a boyhood Manchester United fan, however he currently plays for their arch rivals Manchester city.

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