Manchester United are considering making a £50million move for Leeds United ace Kalvin Phillips this summer, according to the Athletic.

The Red Devils’ midfield is going to need bolstering this summer with Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic leaving the club as free agents.

Donny van de Beek will be hoping that the arrival of Erik ten Hag, his former Ajax manager, as Manchester United’s new permanent manager brings a change of fortunes for the Dutchman.

But whether United’s number 34 turns his Old Trafford career or not, Ten Hag is likely to delve into the midfield market regardless.

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Kalvin Phillips only returned to action earlier this month having been ruled out with a hamstring injury since early December.

The Whites’ form nosedived without the 26-year-old and since Kalvin Phillips got promoted to the Premier League with Leeds last season, his stock has done nothing but rise.

After an impressive European Championships playing alongside Declan Rice in the heart of England’s midfield, the all-action midfielder who has the ability to dictate play and show his range of passing could be the subject of interest from United this summer.

However, one of the big stumbling blocks in any potential deal is the fierce rivalry between United and Leeds.

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Known as the ‘Roses derby’, clashes between the two sides are always heated affairs and with Kalvin Phillips and his family being Leeds United fans, it only makes striking a deal that much harder.

If Kalvin Phillips is to leave Elland Road this summer, Leeds fans will be hoping that he doesn’t follow in the footsteps of some of their biggest former stars and join the old enemy across the Pennines.

Here we take a look at the 11 players who have played for both Manchester United and Leeds United during the Premier League era…

Gordan Strachan

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After a five-year stay at the Theatre of Dreams, the Scotsman made the move to West Yorkshire in March 1989, with the Whites in the Second Division.

Howard Wilkinson handed the midfielder the captain’s armband and Strachan helped lead the club to the Second Division title in a matter of months playing in midfield alongside Vinnie Jones.

With Leeds back in the first division, Strachan formed part of a midfield quartet containing Gary McAllister, David Batty and Gary Speed.

In the final season (1991/92) before the reform into the Premier League era, Strachan captained Leeds to the league title, before eventually leaving the club in 1995.

Denis Irwin

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With 72 league appearances to his name at Leeds, the Republic of Ireland international joined Oldham Athletic on a free transfer in 1986 before joining United four years later.

Irwin went on to make 479 appearances under Sir Alex Ferguson before finishing his career with a two-year spell at Wolves.

The 56-year-old won 19 trophies during his time in Manchester, including the famous 1999 treble.

Eric Cantona

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The charismatic and mercurial Frenchman hadn’t even been at Leeds a year before Sir Alex Ferguson got his man.

In his short period with the Whites, Cantona helped Leeds win the 1992 First Division and he scored a Charity Shield hat-trick in a 4-3 win against Liverpool.

After joining United for £1million on 26 November 1992, Cantona proved the catalyst in United winning their first title in 26 years and becoming the first winners of the reformed Premier League.

Cantona’s five-year spell at United was filled with controversy and trophies, but there is no denying the man was a genius who unfortunately called time on his career far too soon.

United’s former number seven won 13 trophies under Sir Alex, including five Premier League titles. Cantona finished his United career with 81 goals and 62 assists from 181 appearances.

Lee Sharpe

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Sharpe spent eight trophy-filled years at Manchester United before making the move to Yorkshire.

In total he played 265 games for Manchester United, scoring 36 goals and winning a total of ten major trophies.

But with David Beckham and Ryan Giggs occupying the starting positions on the wings, Sharpe became Leeds United’s joint record signing on 10 August 1996 when they paid £4.5million for his services.

The winger made 35 appearances for the Whites before having stints at Sampdoria, Bradford City, Portsmouth and Icelandic side Grindavik.

Rio Ferdinand

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Ferdinand was one of the first Leeds stars the club were forced to sell due to their disastrous financial situation under Peter Ridsdale.

The England centre-back had already become the world’s most expensive defender when the Whites signed him from West Ham in November 2020.

But he became the world’s most expensive defender for a second time when Sir Alex signed him in July 2002.

The hostility from the Leeds faithful towards Ferdinand remains to this day. But after winning 15 trophies for the Reds and being one half of a formidable centre-back partnership alongside Nemanja Vidic, Ferdinand was delighted to get his move to the biggest club in the world.

Alan Smith

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The sale of Smith to Manchester United crushed the Leeds fanbase especially after they had been relegated to the Football League in 2004.

The boyhood Leeds fan made the move to Old Trafford a couple of months after their relegation with the club desperately needing to recoup funds, but his time at United was hindered by a fractured leg injury in February 2006 at Anfield.

Smith made 93 appearances for United where he scored 12 goals before moving up north to Newcastle.

Danny Pugh

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Following seven first-team Manchester United appearances, the versatile Pugh joined the Whites on a free transfer in July 2004 as part of the Alan Smith deal.

Pugh had two spells with the Whites during his career. Five years after leaving Elland Road in 2006, he returned on loan before then signing permanently again in 2012.

He’s currently playing for non-league side Hanley Town.

Liam Miller

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After joining from Scottish giants Celtic in 2004, the Republic of Ireland international made 22 appearances for Manchester United across the next two seasons.

Miller joined Leeds on a loan deal in November 2005 and he went on to make 33 appearances where he scored one goal which came in a 4-3 win against Southampton.

Sadly, in February 2018, Miller passed away at the age of just 36 with pancreatic cancer.

Scott Wootton

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It was eight years before Manchester United and Leeds United were once again engaged in transfer negotiations and in August 2013 United youngster Wootton signed for the Whites on a permanent deal.

Wootton made 74 first-team appearances for Leeds before leaving the club on a free transfer in August 2016.

The 30-year-old is currently plying his trade in New Zealand with Wellington Phoenix.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson

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The Manchester United Academy graduate made 14 first-team appearances in the 2015/16 season under Louis van Gaal.

But Borthwick-Jackson never featured for the first team again once the Dutchman left the club after his FA Cup success.

A loan move to Elland Road in January 2018 brought just six appearances and he is now at Burton Albion following loan spells at the likes of Oldham and Scunthorpe United.

Daniel James

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The last player to have played for both Manchester United and Leeds United in the Premier League is Welshman Dan James.

The speedy winger moved to the Pennines for £25million last summer, following Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford.

James scored nine goals and provided nine assists in 74 games at the Theatre of Dreams and he has enjoyed a decent start to life in West Yorkshire, scoring four goals and providing two assists in 21 matches.

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