Premier League player ratings: Liverpool v Manchester United

Ryan Giggs had an off day. Photo: PA

Liverpool:

SIMON MIGNOLET: Not too busy, but showed good reactions when necessary. 6

GLEN JOHNSON: Did well with some important blocks and also made a nuisance of himself going forward before coming off towards the end. 7

JOSE ENRIQUE: Provided a decent enough shield when danger came his way. 6

DANIEL AGGER: Generally dependable when called upon and provided the assist for Daniel Sturridge's goal. 6

MARTIN SKRTEL: Making his first appearance of the season after a knee injury. Got himself in the way of a couple of United shots. 6

STEVEN GERRARD: Sent over the corner that Sturridge scored from and was typically at the heart of Liverpool's play. 7

LUCAS LEIVA: Steady and calm in the centre of the park. 6

JORDAN HENDERSON: Rarely prominent, but did not really put a foot wrong. 5

PHILIPPE COUTINHO: A lively presence, particularly early on, but faded somewhat as the contest went on and was withdrawn late on. 6

IAGO ASPAS: Talked himself into a first-half booking and struggled to make a telling impression. Was brought off on the hour shortly after surviving a penalty appeal for his challenge on Danny Welbeck. 5

DANIEL STURRIDGE: Celebrated his 24th birthday in style, maintaining his red-hot form by heading the winning goal. 7

Substitutes:

RAHEEM STERLING (for Aspas, 60): Did not have much of an impact, despite getting half an hour on the field, until his late shot was tipped over by David de Gea. 6

ANDRE WISDOM (for Johnson, 78): Helped his team hold on for the win. 6

LUIS ALBERTO (for Coutinho, 84): Not much time to have a bearing on his Barclays Premier League debut. 5

Daniel Sturrdige scored the only goal of the game early on. Credit: PA

Manchester United:

DAVID DE GEA: Generally composed display, despite conceding so early. 6

PATRICE EVRA: Part of a what was a poor defensive effort by United when it came to Sturridge's goal. Probed forward as usual but to little effect. 5

PHIL JONES: Only lasted 38 minutes before having to come off following a collision with Coutinho. 5

RIO FERDINAND: Beaten to the ball by Agger when the Dane flicked on for Sturridge to score. 5

NEMANJA VIDIC: Some good interventions here and there, but overall an uncharacteristically sloppy performance. 5

RYAN GIGGS: Not at his most influential and was replaced with just over 15 minutes to go. 5

MICHAEL CARRICK: Another who did not have his regular impact upon proceedings. 5

TOM CLEVERLEY: Also struggled to come to the fore. 5

ASHLEY YOUNG: Was guilty of an error in the build-up to Sturridge's goal and although he sent several crosses into the danger zone and had a shot blocked, he was certainly not at his most incisive. His first start of the campaign ended in the 63rd minute when he was replaced by Nani. 5

DANNY WELBECK: An energetic display, but ultimately could not provide the cutting edge United needed. 6

ROBIN VAN PERSIE: Looked threatening as usual but ended up going a second successive game without scoring and also appeared to be getting wound up at times. 6

Substitutes:

ANTONIO VALENCIA (for Jones, 38): Worked tirelessly in defence and attack after coming on. 6

NANI (for Young, 63): Saw one shot saved by Mignolet. 5

JAVIER HERNANDEZ (for Giggs, 73): Could not make the super-sub impact United boss David Moyes might have hoped for. 5