Solid as an oak tree. Commanded his box superbly with some excellent catching and fine reflex saves.
Kept both Giggs and Nani quiet and used the ball sensibly.
Got the better of an excellent battle with Van Persie. Dominated in the air and won the header that was diverted in by Sturridge for the winning goal.
Limped off late on with a knee injury following a solid display.
The messiness of the match suited Skrtel's earthy defensive qualities on an impressive return following injury.
Tenacious display on the right flank but rarely threatened as an attacking force.
Led from the front to help Lucas win the central midfield battle, although the pair got dragged too deep in the second half. Did not possess as much attacking threat as usual.
More than made up for occasionally wonky use of the ball with his energy, endeavour and intensity.
Brimmed with invention and ideas but drifted in and out of the game and not everything he did came off. Subbed after 83 minutes.
Struggled to assert himself in one of English football's most febrile fixtures and was replaced by Sterling after an hour.
Continued his brilliant start to the new season with his third match-winning league goal in successive games. Held the ball up well and always looked a threat but lacked support in the second half.
Could do little about the goal and made a brilliant late save from Sterling in what was an otherwise surprisingly quiet game.
One of United's more effective performers. Defended tenaciously and central to his team's attacking threat in the second half.
Occasionally perturbed by the pace of Sturridge and the twinkling toes of Coutinho but grew in authority as the game progressed.
Just about kept his head above water early on, and then improved considerably, but his lack of pace seemed to be central to United's defensive first-half tactics.
Twisted his ankle midway through the first half and was replaced by Valencia.
Not for the first time, looked out of place in a marquee fixture. This display could force United into decisive late transfer action.
Got more involved after the break following an invisible first half but was replaced by Nani shortly after the hour mark.
At the heart of United's second-half fightback when his controlled passing kick-started his team's mini-recovery.
The veteran of this fixture looked all of his years in an unfamiliar right-flank role. Replaced by Hernandez late on.
R. van Persie
Seemed to get distracted by his abrasive battle with Agger and was kept quiet by the Liverpool defenders.
Offered minimal goal threat but held the ball up well.