Can You Solve These Liverpool v. Manchester United Match Winner Anagrams?


By: Zoe Samuel

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

There's nothing in all of sport like a David and Goliath match, save perhaps that Goliath and Goliath match called Liverpool v. Manchester United. Few clubs inspire such passion in any sport, and the names of these two behemoths of football are known around the world. The derbies taking place between these two titans of football are cataclysms, where the immovable object meets the irresistible force. These are tribal conflicts that go back so many generations, no one in living memory can recall a time Liverpool and Man U weren't each others' opposite numbers.

What does change with every game is the names of the heroes; the players who make their mark on the sport and in club history by scoring when a goal is desperately needed, rallying their club to victory, or preventing their opponents from scoring when it could mean losing the lead. These men have endeared themselves to the fans and added to the long rolls of superstars of football.

It could be easy to call to mind the names of the victors in these most famous matches, but how well would you know their names in anagram form, appearing as weird jumbles of words? The time to test your wits and your football knowledge has come!

Who do you think is "Mr Fracas Shroud"?

A product of Manchester United's vast system for developing players from a young age, Marcus Rashford has been a part of the red team since the age of 7, and all that training is obvious. A local boy from Manchester, Rashford is likely to be a pillar of the team for years to come.


"Harsh Iraq Index" sounds pretty serious. Who do you think it is?

Xherdan Shaqiri was a part of Liverpool's conquest of Man U on December 16, 2018, when, with the game tied, he scored two goals against the red shirts. A recent acquisition for Liverpool, this Swiss footballer is a major offensive weapon to any team of which he is a part, which has been a few.


Whose name could also be "Gee Dad Diva"?

Spanish-born David de Gea is goalkeeper for Manchester United and has saved the team from defeat several times. In addition to "Gee Dad Diva," his name also anagrams to "Evaded a Dig."


Which footballer do you think "jails mermen"?

James Milner is an all-around athlete and always has been. When he first appeared in the Premier League with Leeds, he was the youngest player to score in Premier League history, but even before that, Milner made a name for himself as a star athlete in a variety of sports.


"Rajah Rage Crime" could be the name of a footballer, and technically, it is. Whose name is it?

Rage is likely an emotion familiar to fans of Jamie Carragher, as he has made his share of mistakes on the field, including in the game between Man U and Liverpool on 11th of September 1999, when he scored two own goals, giving Man U the victory. This error was hardly a blip in what was otherwise a remarkable career.


Can you guess the name of the player who could go by "hip hip no poultice"?

Liverpool held Philippe Coutinho from 2013 to 2018, and the talented Brazilian made a good showing for them in that time, challenging even the likes of David De Gea, forcing the goalie to give everything he had to stop Coutinho's attacks on the goal. After Liverpool, he went on to play for Barcelona.


"Am a jaunt" sounds fun, but whose name does it sound like?

Juan Mata is a player built to be on the attack all of the time. A midfielder and wing, the Spanish Man U player scored both goals in Manchester's win over Liverpool on the 22nd of March, 2015.


"We annoy yore" sounds like the name of a band from the '90s. Of whose name is it an anagram?

Wayne Rooney needs no introduction, but we'll give him one anyway. He has scored more goals in international play for the England team than any player. He has been lauded for his athleticism and criticised as a blunt instrument. What can be said without a doubt is that he was responsible for the first goal in the 3-0 rout of Liverpool on the 14th of December, 2014.


Few things make less sense than "reversed grant." Can you make sense of it?

Steven Gerrard was a force for Liverpool. A hometown boy, he was enlisted by their youth programme at the age of nine and played his professional career with them before a brief swan song for the L.A. Galaxy. On the 16th of March, 2014, he scored the first two goals in Liverpool's 3-0 humiliation of Man U.


"Pain in observer" reads like a medical condition. Whose name is it really?

Robin van Persie, who scored the tie-breaking goal in Man U's win over Liverpool on the 23rd of September 2012, is a journeyman player who has represented many football clubs on the field. From 2005 to 2017, van Persie represented Holland on their national team, scoring 50 goals for the Dutch.


Nothing says "football" quite like "Hi ho arctic!"Can you name that player?

Mexican striker Chicharito played for Man U from 2010 to 2015, keeping the pressure on in victory, and even in no-decisions, like the one on the 15th of October, 2011. In his career thus far, he has played for a total of five other teams.


Which of these players could be called a "usual sizer"?

Suarez assisted in the first of three goals in the 3-0 rout of Manchester United on the 6th of March, 2011. Dirk Kuyt scored all three of those goals. We would have used Dirk Kuyt for this one since he is credited with the goal, but his name really doesn't work as an anagram for anything.


Perhaps this player's fans should have chanted "Motivate bird bra!" Can you guess who it is?

From 2008 to 2012, striker Dimitar Berbatov thrilled Man U's faithful with his tremendous talent and athleticism. On the 19th of September, 2010, Berbatov scored all three of Man U's goals against Liverpool, with assists from Giggs, Nani and O'Shea.


"I grasp junk" is a strange name anagram. What player's name contains it?

Noted for digging deep for big games, defensive midfielder and wing Park Ji-Sung is from South Korea, but never the less became a legendary Man U player, appearing 200 times for the club. On the 21st of March, 2010, Park Ji-Sung scored the winning goal for Man U against Liverpool, the other goal coming courtesy of Wayne Rooney.


What player's name contains the anagram "each majors ravine"?

Liverpool's Javier Mascherano was red-carded from the game in Liverpool's 2-0 victory over Manchester United on the 25th of October, 2009. From 2007 to 2010, the Argentinian midfielder played for Liverpool, eventually leaving for Barcelona, where he played the longest stretch of his professional career.


One could misconstrue "darn a seasoned" as a player's name, but whose?

On the 14th of March, 2009, Italian winger Andrea Dossena scored the final of four goals in Liverpool's 4-1 stomping of Manchester United. Dossena has played for ten teams throughout his stellar career, mainly because he always seemed to need time to adjust. His goal in the game described above was his last for Liverpool.


"Nail coordinators" should make this player's team's coordinators uneasy. Whose name is this?

From 2003 to 2009, Manchester United thrilled to the exploits of the man who is, perhaps, the greatest footballer of all time. Cristiano Ronaldo made his debut in the Premier League for Man U at the age of 18, winning the FA Cup his first year, and going on to repeat the feat over and over again.


Would you sign a player named "ersatz clove"? Can you guess whose name this really is?

Carlos Tevez played for Man U for three years before switching to crosstown rival Man City for five years, but while with United, he scored the winning goal against Liverpool on the 16th of December, 2007. The Argentinian forward played for nine teams in his career.


Can you guess which player's name anagrams to "jeans ho ho"?

Irish jack of all trades John O'Shea played for Man U from 1999 to 2011. On the 3rd of March, 2007, O'Shea scored the only and deciding goal against Liverpool in a match that saw Liverpool attempt 15 shots to Man U's 6.


"I don infrared" is the name of this star player. Who is he?

Camberwell native Rio Ferdinand played centre-back for Man U from 2002 to 2014, appearing 312 times for the team. The 22nd of October, 2006 saw Ferdinand score one of his seven goals for Man U, this time against Liverpool in his team's 2-0 victory.


Sometimes you have to play "angry gigs." Who is that?

Few names are so strongly associated the Manchester United as career-long Man U left winger Ryan Giggs. Born in Wales and raised in Manchester, Giggs spent his whole career with the club, including the game on the 22nd of January, 2006, when he assisted in the winning goal against Liverpool.


"Randy hymn up" is a startling anagram. Which startling player has this one?

On the 22nd of January, 2002, Danny Murphy scored the only goal in Liverpool's victory over Manchester United. Central midfielder Danny Murphy delighted Liverpool supporters from 1997 to 2004, scoring 25 times.


"A Hirer Enjoins" could be the name of a French New Wave film, but it's just an anagram. Which player is it?

On the 4th of November, 2001, John Arne Riise scored the second goal in Liverpool's 3-1 victory over Manchester United. The most capped player for his native Norway, Riise was a left-back and left midfielder in his career.


"We fob broiler" is complete word salad. What player is it really?

Liverpool native striker Robbie Fowler scored the second of three goals against Manchester United for his home town team Liverpool on the 31st of March, 2001. Fowler played for Liverpool from 1993 to 2001, and then again in 2006 and 2007.


"Bah Mack Dived" isn't a West End musical. Whose name is it?

David Beckham scored the second of three goals against Liverpool on the 6th of December, 1997. Only the first English player to win titles in four countries, and the most successful footballer to marry a Spice Girl, David Beckham turned his success as a right-winger and his dashing looks into a career in fashion and as a pop-culture figure, just so long as he doesn't raise his voice.


If one is "wired in sin," then one is just an anagram of a footballer's name, but who?

When Denis Irwin scored the deciding goal on a penalty kick against Liverpool on the 24th of December, 1998, the Irish fullback for Manchester United was just setting the stage for the 2-0 defeat. Irwin played for Man U from 1990 to 2002, the prime of his career.


One player's anagram is "crab criminal." Who is this crustacean?

Forward Brian McClair scored the second of the two goals in Man U's win over Liverpool on the 6th of March, 1993, following a goal by Mark Hughes. In the 11 years he spent with Manchester United, the Scot scored 88 times.


This player is a real "phrase eel." What's his real name?

Lee Sharpe, who played for Manchester United from 1988 to 1996, assisted Paul Ince in the only goal in the Man U v. Liverpool game played on the 30th of March, 1994. In his 193 appearances for Man U, he scored a total of 21 times.


A player's name leaves "amp pain jerked." But really, who is it?

On the 19th of March, 1995, Jamie Redknapp was the only player from Liverpool to score against Manchester United in a game that Liverpool won 2-0. The second goal in this game was scored by Steve Bruce, an own goal.


A game winner's name could also be "chandeliers ask ink." We ask you — who is it?

Russian winger Andrei Kanchelskis played for Manchester United from 1991 to 1995, as part of a career with 11 clubs including Liverpool rival Everton and Man U rival Manchester City. On the 17th of September, 1994, Kanchelskis scored the first of two late goals against Liverpool, putting Man U over the top.


To his detractors, this player is a "low foe briber." Who is he to his mum?

The 17th of December, 1995 saw Robbie Fowler exhibit perhaps his greatest performance. That day, Fowler scored twice, the total score for both sides, in a game of Liverpool v. Man U, once just before halftime, and once before the end of the game. An epic showing.


This player's victory could have created "a pall registry." Who are they?

On the 19th of April, 1997, Man U player Gary Pallister scored two of the three goals that decided the game in favour of Man U, with the assistance of David Beckham on both goals. Pallister won the FA Cup three times with Man U.


A player could be renamed "nearby lab." What's this player's real name?

When Liverpool poached Dutch Striker Ryan Babel in a 2007 deal with Ajax, it was a managerial victory for the club, which enjoyed his services until the end of the 2011 season, after which he left for Germany. In his time with Liverpool, Babel made 146 appearances.


Anagram this player's name, and you'd get "viselike elms art." What player is it?

Defender Mikael Silvestre really gave Manchester United fans everything he had. In 2007, while going for a header, he was knocked out. Landing awkwardly, he dislocated his shoulder, the first of several injuries toward the end of his impressive run with the team.


Whose name could be jumbled into "Rods res resumable"?

Midfielder Russell Beardsmore began his career with Man U, scoring only four times for the club, one of which being the final of Man U's goals against Liverpool on the 1st of January, 1989. After spending the bulk of his career with Man U, he moved to AFC Bournemouth, where he made 198 appearances.


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