How they fare
PA Sport rates the performance of the Liverpool and Man United players
Could have been sent off for pushing Ander Herrera in the first half. Could do little about either United goal. Decent save from Rooney's penalty.
Lost Juan Mata for both goals and general play was sloppy.
Rarely looked assured when up against Wayne Rooney. Dangerous foul on David de Gea at the end.
Always looked like he had a mistake in him. Lacked confidence in possession.
Left on his backside by Daley Blind's trickery and was poor throughout, bringing down Blind for a late penalty.
Silly booking for pulling Herrera's shirt. Did not provide the back four with any protection.
Could not inspire the team in Gerrard's absence.
Missed a big chance in the 34th minute and offered little in attack
The only Liverpool player to impress in the first half. Came close to scoring with a 30-metre rocket after the restart.
Walked into a brick wall every time he entered the box.
Took his goal well, but offered little in the first half.
DAVID DE GEA
Should have stopped Sturridge's shot but did nothing else wrong.
Caught out for Liverpool goal but otherwise an accomplished display against one of the best wingers in the country.
Smashed Lallana with a brutal aerial challenge in the first half and deservedly booked for clattering into Henderson.
The better performer of the two centre backs. Confident on the ball, just as he was last week against Tottenham.
Did a job but nothing spectacular.
Brilliant through-ball to Mata for the first goal. Growing in confidence with every match.
Typically industrious performance from the England international.
Offered a threat on the attack and also tracked back when needed.
One of United's best performers in the first half. A real handful that Liverpool could not deal with.
Justified his selection with two fantastic goals.
Workmanlike performance, but no end to the striker's goal drought at Anfield following his penalty miss.