Nemanja Matic became the seventh player in Premier League history to be transferred between Chelsea and Manchester United when he signed a $66 million deal with the Jose Mourinho led side. While Matic hasn’t quite been able to produce his 2014-15 form he still looks like a decent signing for United and one that could free up Paul Pogba, however it transfer got us wondering how the other six after switching allegiances?
We’ll start off with possibly the best example of success, Spaniard Juan Mata. The former Valencia star enjoyed a dream debut season for the Blues in 2011-12 winning the Champions League and FA Cup. The attacking midfielder might have considered to act on his Bachelor degrees in sports science and marketing, after he was dismissed from Stamford Bridge by none other than Jose Mourinho despite scoring 18 goals in 82 matches.
Since dancing with the Red Devil, Mata has enjoyed a successful four seasons at Old Trafford. He is yet to see some Premier League success, but he has won the FA Cup, Community Shield, League Cup and the Europa League, scoring 27 goals in 111 matches along the way.
#MUFC are confident that Juan Mata and Ander Herrera will sign contract extensions with the club 🇪🇸
— ™ (@themufcvoice) August 1, 2017
Before he became manager at Stoke City Mark Hughes played in the Premier League for both Manchester United and Chelsea.
The forward scored 120 goals in close to 350 appearances for United before spending three seasons at Chelsea beginning in 1995. Hughes won three titles in his time for Chelsea and formed a great partnership with Gianfranco Zola making an easy transition from United to Chelsea.
Between 2009-13 Colombian forward Radamel Falcao was the hottest name in the football scoring goals for fun at FC Porto, Atletico Madrid, and Monaco before tearing his ACL forcing him to miss the 2014 World Cup.
His loan move to Manchester United was a big test to see if he could perform in the most high-profile league in the world. He couldn’t. He only managed four goals In 26 matches for United, who decided not to exercise their option to buy him when the loan expired.
After they won the title in 2014-15 Chelsea gave Falcao a second chance loaning him after his deal at United expired. But just like his time with the Red Devils he failed to win any trophies, he played 10 matches and only managed one goal. Fortunately, it looks like he has returned to his former self at Monaco scoring 21 goals in 29 matches and winning the league in 2016-17 but don’t expect to see him back in the Premier League anytime soon.
— Golombianos (@Golombianos) July 15, 2017
Juan Sebastian Veron
Big things were expected from Juan Sebastian Veron when he signed a deal worth $46 million at Manchester United (a then club record). However, the Argentinian couldn’t adapt to the Premier League and despite being a part of the 2002-03 winning side he only made 51 appearances before being sold to Chelsea who were recently bought by Roman Abramovich.
Did his fortunes change in London? Nope. Injuries and loan deals restricted him to playing just seven matches in four seasons for the club.
Australia’s own Mark Bosnich was sunshine on a rainy day for Manchester United in the 1999-00 season, becoming number one ahead of Raimond van der Gouw and Massimo Taibi, making 23 appearances on his way to winning the league. Unfortunately this is where he peaked. Fabian Barthez sent Bosnich to the bench and subsequently saw him move to Chelsea on a free transfer.
He only made five caps for Chelsea in the League as his off field issues meant he was sacked by the club and banned from football.
— Tiernan Walker (@TiernanWalker) July 7, 2017