Danny Welbeck and Robin van Persie were two of the only players to emerge from the defeat with anything resembling positivity.
Manchester United battled away to try and overturn a one goal deficit at Anfield but they were never able to claw the goal back, meaning David Moyes has experienced his first defeat in the league as the club's new boss.
Here are our player ratings for the match.
David De Gea – 6: When he did have something to deal with, he dealt with it well. Looked solid in terms of shot stopping, decent command of his area and good distribution as United chased the game. Perfectly demonstrated by his last minute save against Raheem Sterling.
Phil Jones – 4.5: Took a lot of pressure before he had to go off injured. Did well to get forward and provide an extra attacking outlet but looked unsure whether to tuck inside or stay out wide at full back early on.
Rio Ferdinand – 5.5: Wasn’t his best game by any means. Struggled to cope with Liverpool’s pace and movement during the first half and showed some flaws in his usually immense decision making in the second 45.
Nemanja Vidic – 6: Put himself about as you’d expect from the United captain. Kept the back four organised and drilled when it looked like they could implode during that early spell of pressure.
Patrice Evra – 6.5: Grew into the game and really put himself on the line in the second half. Experience was valuable at both ends of the pitch although he did look a little exposed at times in his defensive third.
Ashley Young – 6: Looked useful at times but his precision and delivery has to be better in the final third of the pitch. For a player with such high quality and potential some of his decision making was questionable.
Michael Carrick – 6: Not the best performance you will see from Carrick. Looked okay in the second half when Liverpool were under pressure but was far too easily overrun in the first half which is when Liverpool got the decisive breakthrough.
Tom Cleverley – 5.5: Some United fans will question why Shinji Kagawa hasn’t been given a chance ahead of Cleverley. Some of the midfielder’s decision making was completely confusing and he should be able to produce a more solid and consistent variety of passes.
Ryan Giggs – 6: Experience was valuable in a hostile atmosphere where United were always going to get some stick from the home fans. Did the basics well but didn’t really show that authority you expect from him at any point.
Danny Welbeck – 7: Looks like a very decent attacking player despite the fact he didn’t get a goal. Links up well with the midfield, played okay when he moved out to the left. Generally worked his socks of trying to create something as United chased the game.
Robin van Persie – 7: The Dutchman will be disappointed with his performance but he showed the sort of sharpness we expect from him in the final third. The only problem was he didn’t manage to convert any of the half chances that fell his way.
Antonio Valencia – 6: Came on for Jones when he wouldn’t have been expecting such an early introduction. Played solidly, his pace was an asset as Liverpool counter attacked in the second half but needs to add more going forward.
Nani – 6: Got stuck in and looked as though he could make a difference replacing Young. Had a cracking shot blocked which may have flown in and looked like he had a few ideas in Liverpool’s final third.
Chicharito – 5: Never really had the time to get into the game. Tried to get on the end of some passages of play but without success.
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