Where are they now? Liverpool and Man United XIs since December 2003

The animosity amid Liverpool and Manchester United has produced some memorable abecedarian in the Premier Alliance era – and we’ve remembered the teams from one such break in 2003.

A brace from Ryan Giggs was abundant to acquire United a 2-1 achievement at Anfield, but Sir Alex Ferguson’s ancillary could alone accomplishment third abaft Arsenal’s Invincibles and Chelsea that season, while Gerard Houllier’s ancillary accomplished one abode but 15 credibility added aback than their North-West rivals.

Of the 22 players that started that day on December 15, 2003, eight accept angry their duke to management, but what of the rest?

Jerzy Dudek

Dudek had been at accountability for United’s two goals in their 2-1 success at Anfield the antecedent season, and afresh came in for criticism as Ryan Giggs denticulate a brace for the visitors. Accustomed his avowal in Istanbul two years later, the goalkeeper has apparently been forgiven by Liverpool supporters.

The above Poland all-embracing has enjoyed a assorted career post-football, alive as an agent to advice his home country defended the hosting rights for Euro 2012 alongside Ukraine, while aswell antagonism in the Volkswagen Castrol Cup.

“Of advance there are times if I ask myself why I’m accomplishing this; I accept a wife and three kids at home – a actual nice life, and if you lose ascendancy or focus in the car you can absolutely get into trouble,” he told LFCTV.

“But you allegation passions in activity – they are what accumulate you going”

Steve Finnan

We’ve alone just realised Finnan was allotment of a Mauricio Pochettino-managed Espanyol ancillary which exhausted Barcelona in his aboriginal achievement as a boss, and that makes us abnormally happy.

The right-back has kept a low contour aback retiring, with the organisers of a 10-year ceremony accident for Liverpool’s 2005 Champions Alliance achievement clumsy to clue him down, which led to the hashtag #FindSteveFinnan.

Sadly, the aftereffect was somewhat underwhelming, as it transpired Finnan lives in London, area he works in acreage development.

“I can affirm that I’m safe and well,” Finnan told the Liverpool Echo, who had led the search. “Someone forwarded the Echo commodity on to me yesterday. I anticipation it was funny as I commonly anticipate I’m appealing simple to get authority of.”

Igor Biscan

While he was an bare acting in the Istanbul final, Biscan best up a Champions Alliance winners’ badge afterwards featuring in several of Liverpool’s wins en avenue there.

That included the 2-1 win adjoin Juventus, with two of the a lot of altered starting XIs you’ll anytime see: Biscan featured alongside Damien Le Tallec and Djimi Traore but came out on top over Fabio Capello’s team, which featured the cast of Pavel Nedved, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alessandro Del Piero.

The Croatian abutting Panathinaikos in the summer of 2005, spending two years in Greece afore seeing out the final years of his career aback at adolescence club Dinamo Zagreb.

He’s aback become a acknowledged manager, accepting Croatian ancillary Rudeš answer in his aboriginal job in the dugout, afore arch Olimpija Ljubljana to the Slovenian alliance and cup bifold endure season.

In animosity of that, their administrator Milan Mandaric – yes, that Milan Mandaric – sacked him in the summer and he’s afresh been appointed arch drillmaster at HNK Rijeka.

Few career highlights can bout scoring adjoin Newcastle in Goal!, though

Sami Hyypia

The Finn larboard Liverpool in 2009, accepting fabricated over 400 appearances over a decade at the club as a cardinal amount in the trophies won by Rafael Benitez and Gerard Houllier.

He accomplished his arena career at Bayer Leverkusen, abiding as a drillmaster alongside Sascha Lewandowski a year later, afore demography sole allegation in 2013. He was sacked afterwards beneath than a year.

Unsuccessful stints at Brighton and FC Zurich followed, and he’s not been in the dugout aback 2016.

Djimi Traore

The full-back has aback acceptable band cachet as a loveable overachiever, his name acceptable autograph for the amazing attributes of the 2005 Champions Alliance win. Afterwards abrogation in 2006, he became something of a journeyman.

He would accomplish beneath than 20 appearances for Charlton, Portsmouth, Rennes and Marseille, alone arena consistently already added in European football – authoritative 29 appearances for Monaco in an accustomed 2009-10 campaign.

Finishing his career at Seattle Sounders, he memorably denticulate a ambition of the division adversary with an complete rocket. He’s now an abettor drillmaster with the club.

El Hadji Diouf

The abrupt Senegalese advanced has not been abashed to criticise his above Liverpool team-mates, with abundant shots taken at Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher. It’s safe to say, accepting denticulate just six goals from 79 appearances for the Reds, he won’t go down as a club legend.

Spending the better block of his career at Sam Allardyce’s Bolton, he would aswell afterwards arise for Sunderland, Blackburn, Doncaster and Rangers afore bond up with Leeds in 2012, in animosity of then-manager Neil Warnock accepting ahead declared him as a “sewer rat” from an adventure adjoin QPR the year before.

He retired in 2015, accepting never denticulate 10 alliance goals in one season, with a absolute of 70 goals from 486 appearances. Aback retirement, he’s somehow formed as a amicableness agent aback in Senegal.

Danny Murphy

Like others who larboard at a agnate time, Murphy’s honours account is absolutely fabricated up of the trophies won with Houllier in the aboriginal 2000s. He larboard if Benitez accustomed in 2004, traveling on to be an important abecedarian for Charlton afore declining to accomplish abundant of an appulse at Tottenham, afresh affective to a third London club, Fulham.

He was a athletic for the club for 5 years as they accustomed themselves as a solid Premier Alliance side. The backward highlight of his career was captaining Fulham in the 2010 Europa Alliance final adjoin Atletico Madrid, but already afresh he’d ache the affliction of a Diego Forlan winner, able-bodied into added time.

The above midfielder has been a all-over attendance in UK punditry aback his arena career concluded in 2013.

Steven Gerrard

After apprenticeship the adolescence teams at Liverpool, the club fable has taken a high-profile aboriginal administration job at Rangers.

In agreement of results, he’s had a reasonable alpha at the Glasgow club, but his players accept taken some of his spikier qualities on the pitch, with eight red cards already this season.

Vladimir Smicer

The midfielder will consistently be admired for the appulse he fabricated afterwards accepting commissioned on aboriginal for Harry Kewell in the 2005 Champions Alliance final, his final bold for the club. Backward four years afterwards afterwards spells at Bordeaux and Slavia Prague, it’s been about a decade aback he played football.

After playing, he went into apprenticeship with the Czech civic aggregation but doesn’t attending to accept a career in management.

After active for as a applicant for acclamation in 2014 to accession acquaintance of adolescence obesity, his approaching looks to be abroad from the game, although endure year he said he’s still arena football with Patrik Berger at an abecedarian akin for his bounded apple aggregation in the Czech Republic.

“I spent 20 years as a professional. I accept two kids and I adopt to absorb added time with them.”, Smicer said in a contempo podcast interview.

“I’m adequate life. I play golf and I adulation accomplishing plan for LFC as an ambassador.”

Emile Heskey

After acceptable a brace of Alliance Cups with both Leicester and Liverpool, Heskey about added a fifth in 2010 if Aston Villa were belted out 2-1 by Manchester United in the 2010 final.

The one-in-four goalscoring arrangement of his aboriginal years at Leicester and Liverpool would be about as acceptable as it got for the striker. He maintained that acknowledgment if he larboard Anfield for Birmingham in 2004, but it was abbreviating allotment anytime since, his arrangement acceptable one-in-six for Steve Bruce’s Wigan and one-in-ten for Aston Villa afore he went to Australian ancillary Newcastle Jets in 2012.

Heskey alternate to English football in 2014, scoring three goals in 45 appearances over two seasons at Bolton and backward at the end of 2015-16 division as they were relegated to the third tier. He’s aback been apprenticeship at non-league, 12th-tier Egerton FC.

Harry Kewell

The Australian’s time in Merseyside was bedfast by injuries. He started in Istanbul but was aloof afterwards 23 minutes, afore featuring noticeably in the 2005-06 campaign, in which Liverpool accomplished third with a admirable account of 82 points. That division they aswell aerial the FA Cup with Kewell called man of the bout in the semi-final adjoin Chelsea.

He fabricated just 12 alliance appearances beyond his final two years at Liverpool, abutting Galatasaray in 2008. He didn’t win annihilation with the Turkish giants and saw out his arena career with altered stints in the Australian A-League and the Qatari Super League.

He started his apprenticeship career blithely abundant at Crawley but was sacked afterwards beneath than three months in allegation at Notts County as the club sat in the assignment zone.

Tim Howard

The American goalkeeper fared analytic able-bodied as a approved in his admission attack at Manchester United in 2003-04, but he was never traveling to get a approved abode aback in the ancillary already Edwin van der Sar accustomed in 2005.

The 39-year-old has just accomplished his third division with Colorado Rapids in the MLS and not yet appear whether he’ll be retiring.

Gary Neville

Neville’s plan in the media as a auger has been affecting aback retiring. The Sky Sports auger has been one of the a lot of abrupt critics of Ed Woodward at Manchester United, and clashing some of his above team-mates, generally bashful to lay accusation at Jose Mourinho.

He spent four years in the apprenticeship start-up at England, alive with Roy Hodgson from 2012 until 2016. A short, anarchic and bootless authoritative spell followed at Valencia, and he’s aback hinted that he’s absurd to acknowledgment to the dugout again.

Rio Ferdinand

The above axial defender’s career didn’t end on a high. Afterwards acceptable one endure alliance appellation beneath Alex Ferguson in 2012-2013, he struggled in the David Moyes division and retired afterwards accepting relegated with QPR.

Writing a letter to his adolescence cocky for The Player’s Tribune afterwards he retired, he put: “After your actual endure match, just break in the bathrobe allowance for a little bit longer.

“Because that’s what you’re traveling to absence the most. Sitting in there with the lads, afterwards the achievement of a win and asking, ‘Who’s next?’ That’s the moment — the activity — you’ll wish aback added than anything.”

Mikael Silvestre

From nine years in Manchester, Silvestre had accustomed himself as a steady, attendance in defence but more became a band advantage if Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic accustomed in 2006.

Still alone 30, it was anticipation he’d accept affluence to action Arsenal if he fabricated the about-face in 2008, but he bootless to accomplish the cast there.

His arena career concluded afterwards abbreviate spells at Werder Bremen, Portland Timbers and Indian Super Alliance club Chennaiyin FC. He has aback formed as administrator of football at Rennes amid 2015 and 2016.

John O’Shea

The Irishman was a advantageous assistant for over a decade at Manchester United afore affective to Sunderland in 2011 and alms the Wearside club the aforementioned athletic professionalism. For a time.

After featuring noticeably in their back-to-back relegations, O’Shea fabricated the move aback up to the Championship to play for Paul Clement’s Reading.

Now 37, he’s on the ambit at the Berkshire club as they too action relegation. Could he accomplish it three in three years?

Quinton Fortune

After abrogation United in 2006, Fortune managed little of note. Six appearances for Bolton, one for Brescia, nine for Belgian club Tubize and assuredly a abbreviate accord at Doncaster. His arena career came to an end at the age of 32 if he was appear by the club.

He alternate to United in 2012 to alternation with the affluence while commutual his apprenticeship badges and has aback formed with Cardiff’s adolescence start-up and currently runs his own Manchester-based football academy.

Phil Neville

Unlike his brother Gary, Phil’s approaching looks set to be in the dugout, with acquaintance alive beneath Stuart Pierce with England’s Under-21s, aback at United with David Moyes and Valencia with Nuno Espirito Di Santo.

Now administrator of England Women’s side, his arrangement aloft eyebrows accustomed his abridgement of authoritative acquaintance and the actuality he didn’t apply, not to acknowledgment some ambiguous unearthed tweets.

Things accept got off to a able start, though, accepting able for next year’s World Cup in France. With a abundant bearing of talent, they’re at the actual atomic accepted to authorize from a accumulation featuring Scotland, Argentina and Japan.

Roy Keane

The Irishman accomplished his arena career just a year afterwards his arguable avenue from Manchester United, The affairs about his abandonment accept led to a chill accord with Ferguson, which he’s done little to thaw in contempo years.

Having formed beneath Brian Clough and Ferguson, abounding accepted Keane would go on to use their access in a abundant authoritative career, which started promisingly abundant at Sunderland, who were answer to the Premier Alliance in absolute appearance in his aboriginal division in charge.

He afterwards accommodated afterwards falling out with Ellis Abbreviate and couldn’t charm his aboriginal success in his additional authoritative column at Ipswich, who sacked him amid through his additional season.

He afresh abutting up with adolescent Clough apprentice Martin O’Neill for the Republic of Ireland job. They enjoyed some success, conspicuously condoning from their accumulation by assault Italy at Euro 2016, but were absolved afterwards adversity a poor 2018, accepting bootless to authorize for the World Cup afterwards accepting thrashed at home by Denmark in the playoffs.

Expect to see his abnormally alarming cast of punditry for the accountable future.

Ryan Giggs

As was foretold, Giggseh was accustomed in it until the end of the division (for a few games) afterwards the Welshman had spent the David Moyes era at United as a coach.

Now administrator of Wales, he’s had a alloyed alpha in agreement of after-effects but is giving affluence of opportunities to adolescent stars like Harry Wilson, Ethan Ampadu and David Brooks.

Ruud van Nistelrooy

The Dutchman connected his abounding scoring amount at Real Madrid, scoring 46 times from 68 alliance appearances. He won the Pichichi accolade for top scorer in his admission division at the club and helped Madrid accost their abode aback at the top of La Liga.

Subsequent seasons were bedridden by knee injuries, and he confused to Hamburg amid through the 2009-10 campaign. He did little of agenda in the Bundesliga afore finishing his arena career in 2012, aback in La Liga with Malaga.

Diego Forlan

He denticulate just 10 alliance goals in two and a bisected seasons at Manchester United but went on to become a busy abecedarian afterwards abrogation English football with a Premier Alliance appellation and FA Cup.

After a acknowledged spell in Spain afterwards played in Italy, Japan, Brazil, Uruguay, India and – finally, in 2018 – Hong Kong, for Kitchee Sports Club.

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