Troubled by some long-range shooting but communicated well with the new-look defence.
Demonstrated why he deserves to start more often with an assured display against Liverpool's dangerous front two.
United's first-choice right-back was one of their brightest attacking players, although he allowed Jose Enrique to take up some good positions.
Looked far more comfortable than against Manchester City after being restored to his favourite centre-back role. Made a string of important first-half interceptions and read the game well.
His physicality and energy in midfield interrupted Liverpool's fluency but gave away some needless free kicks.
Solid display although little to suggest he is ready to replace Patrice Evra on a regular basis.
Occasionally looked off the pace in central midfield but his experience and know-how meant he was nearly always in the right place at the right time.
Hit the crossbar with a second-half screamer but an otherwise anonymous display from the Japan international. Subbed with 17 minutes left.
Had the odd lung-bursting run but was unable to get in the game enough to cause problems to Henderson.
Made the most of a rare start by poaching the game's only goal. Brilliantly evaded his marker to meet Rooney's corner and open his body to volley past Mignolet.
The match-day captain led from the front with another sparkling display. Looked dangerous every time he was on the ball and only some fine saves from Mignolet stopped him from scoring late on.
Solid as a rock. Commanded his area comfortably and made a series of fine reflex saves from Rooney.
The middle of the three centre-backs was decisive in the air but did not look so comfortable on the deck.
Looked a little cumbersome on the ball and slightly off the pace of the game.
Made the most of his wing-back role to get in some excellent first-half positions, although his delivery was hit and miss.
Solid display but his lack of recovery pace was apparent on a few occasions.
Put in a good shift at right wing-back but wasted Liverpool's best chance of the night with an unconvincing side-foot just wide. Reverted to central midfield when Kelly came on.
The odd trademark quarterback pass apart, this was a colourless display from the Liverpool skipper.
Seemed to lack his usual energy and impeccable timing for interceptions. Replaced by Kelly in the second half.
Looked a little lost in his free role behind the strikers. Subbed late on.
The return of Suarez seemed to rob him of his certainty. Struggled to hold the ball up and attract enough passes from midfield.
Lively and menacing in his long-awaited comeback. His first touch was a little rusty early on but his movement caused United problems and his appetite for the battle was unquestionable. Unfortunate to see a spanking free kick cannon back off the bar.