There was a real let-off for the hosts when Jones' driven centre was clearly handled by Figueroa but the protests were waved away and the defender was in the right place at the right time to clear soon afterwards when Giggs' cross evaded Welbeck in the middle. Caldwell tugged at Welbeck's shirt in the box but escaped the attention of referee Dowd as United grew ever more desperate for a break.
Nani's ambitious volley flew over with 10 minutes remaining but, with Jones struggling to shake off a knock, it needed a De Gea save to keep out Moses after he tricked his way past Rio Ferdinand. Moses passed up another opportunity to clinch the points from a Mohamed Diame pass as Sir Alex's side held on.
Al-Habsi made his first save on 83 minutes to keep out Welbeck's shot from an angle but there was no real pressure on the Oman international's goal and the clock ticked down as Figueroa received treatment following a clash with Jones, that saw the right-back booked. Two speculative drives from Carrick were all United could muster before five minutes of injury time was played out. 'We shall not be moved' sang the travelling fans at the end but there is no doubting this is a blow in light of Manchester City's win against West Brom and there's still plenty of work to be done in the title race.