Star men There were fine performances in red shirts throughout the team but centre-backs Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans were immense. Rooney continued his fine form with another accomplished display and special mention must go to De Gea for a couple of top-class saves.
Opposition Liverpool may have lost at home to Southampton at the weekend but they have started the season well and passed the ball around with confidence; Steven Gerrard remains the hub of much of their approach work. Enrique performed well at left-back in the first half but crucially lost Chicharito, while Suarez clearly adds a threat in attack.
Move of the match Giggs made one marvellous interception to frustrate Daniel Sturridge and sparked a move that led to Hernandez and Nani feeding Rooney. The striker clipped a first-time pass to Nani but his cross was too close to Mignolet.
In the stands Any cup tie between the two clubs, with an increased allocation for the away fans, virtually guarantees a top-notch atmosphere and this occasion was no exception. The travelling supporters' ribbing of David Moyes in the first half was followed by vociferous backing from the Old Trafford faithful for the new boss. 'We're on the march with Moyes' army', they sang, and they were right – marching into the fourth round of the competition.