The scorer who sealed the visitors' return to winning ways, Robin van Persie, can now be bracketed with other backyard nemeses of the Reds' arch-rivals - the likes of Brian McClair, who nodded in the winner when United's first Premier League visit to Anfield, in March 1993, finished 2-1 in his team's favour.
Andy Cole's goal made it 3-1 to the away team in April 1997, and the striker did the same eight months later after David Beckham had curled home a glorious free-kick. Cole also scored in the 3-2 triumph at Anfield in September 1999, although the second of two Jamie Carragher owngoals was effectively United's winner.
Diego Forlan's memorable double in December 2002 (United won 2-1) was followed by a pair for Ryan Giggs (2-1) in November 2003. The fashionable scoreline then became 1-0 with Wayne Rooney (2004/05), John O'Shea (2006/07) and Carlos Tevez (2007/08) taking it in turns to separate the teams on Merseyside.