Burnley vs Manchester United: three players to have starred for both sides in the Premier League

These three former Manchester United players have also pulled on the claret of Burnley in the Premier League.
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Manchester United travel to Turf Moor on Tuesday evening in the Premier League, with the Red Devils looking to bounce back from their fourth round FA Cup exit to Middlesbrough on Friday.

The 8pm kick-off will be their 16th meeting in the competition, with United winning nine so far, while Burnley have two victories and honours have been even four times.

The Clarets are in their third spell in the Premier League after their promotion as champions from the Championship during the 2015-16 season.

Their first stint came in 2009-10, a campaign that saw them beat the Red Devils 1-0 at home, but be on the receiving end of a 3-0 drubbing at Old Trafford later that season.

Anthony Elanga’s missed penalty cost United. Credit: Getty.Anthony Elanga’s missed penalty cost United. Credit: Getty.
Anthony Elanga’s missed penalty cost United. Credit: Getty.

With that being said, we take a look at the three players who have played for both United and the Clarets in the Premier League.

Chris Eagles

Chris Eagles joined the Red Devils at the age of 14 and broke through the youth sides before making his senior debut in 2003 against Leeds United in the League Cup.

His Premier League debut for United didn’t come until 2007, when he came on as a second half substitute against Everton, in which he scored in the 93rd minute - his first goal for the Red Devils. Only four more appearances in the competition followed at Old Trafford, with Eagles failing to score another goal for the club.

a) Keith Treacy
b) Luke Chadwick
c) Chris Eaglesa) Keith Treacy
b) Luke Chadwick
c) Chris Eagles
a) Keith Treacy b) Luke Chadwick c) Chris Eagles

He later joined Burnley in 2008 and went on to feature 34 times in the Premier League for the Clarets during their debut season in the competition.

Michael Keane

Another Red Devils’ academy graduate Michael Keane only made one Premier League appearance for the club during the 2014-15 campaign before switching to Burnley during the January transfer window that season.

The centre-back spent three years with the Clarets, two of which were as a Premier League club, featuring 56 times in the English top-flight.

England ́s Michael Keane plays the ball during a friendly football match between Germany and England on March 22, 2017 in Dortmund, western Germany. 
It is Lukas Podolski's last match with the German team. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ        (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP via Getty Images)England ́s Michael Keane plays the ball during a friendly football match between Germany and England on March 22, 2017 in Dortmund, western Germany. 
It is Lukas Podolski's last match with the German team. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ        (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP via Getty Images)
England ́s Michael Keane plays the ball during a friendly football match between Germany and England on March 22, 2017 in Dortmund, western Germany. It is Lukas Podolski's last match with the German team. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Phil Bardsley

The most senior member of the list and only player still at Burnley, Phil Bardsley made his United debut in the Premier League during the 2005-06 campaign.

He accumulated only eight appearances in the English top-flight for the Red Devils, before joining Sunderland on a permanent deal in 2008.

Bardsley signed for Burnley from Stoke City in 2017 and has since featured 57 times in the Premier League for Sean Dyche’s side.

Anyone else?

If we disregard just appearances in the Premier League since the Clarets were promoted in 2010, then five other names have also featured for both clubs’ first teams in multiple competitions. They are: Richard Eckersley, Tom Heaton, Robbie Brady, Anders Lindegaard and David Jones.