With Lukaka, Mata and Matic expected to grace the Wembley turf against their former employees this weekend, we thought it would be fun to revisit a few forgotten names who played for both finalists. How many of these players do you remember wearing both the blue and red jerseys?
Juan Sebastián Verón
After winning numerous trophies for Parma and Lazio, Verón become the most expensive transfer in English football, moving to Manchester United (2001) for £28m, Despite performing well during his two-year spell, a string of injuries lead to a £15m departure to Chelsea (2003). Being one of the early signings of the Abramovich era, it was expected that the Italian manager Ranieri would get the most out of the playmaker. Sadly his time on the treatment table continued and a return to Italy followed at the end of his first season with the Blues.
Sparky Hughes. A four time FA Cup winner who lifted the trophy three times for Manchester United over his two spells with the club (1980 -1986 and 1988 – 1995) and once towards the end of his career with Chelsea in 1997 following a £1m move. Knowing the importance of the competition to both clubs, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the cameraman focus in on the former striker in the corporate stands come Saturday.
From apprentice to experienced midfielder in six seasons, Ray started his career at Chelsea but relegation lead to a £1m move to United (1979). His five years in Manchester was a success, with the 1983 FA Cup win alongside Mark Hughes being most noticable. Being a key voice on and off the pitch gave him the opportunity to captain his national side as well coach his boyhood club, returning to Chelsea as an assistant manager on various occasions (between 1998 – 2010). A lover for the game, Ray sadly lost his life in early 2018, shocking the football world.