United's Reserves suffered a first defeat of the 2010/11 pre-season preparations in a thrilling testimonial for Yeovil Town stalwart Darren Way.
Goals from Rodrigo Possebon and Robbie Brady were negated by a madcap five minute spell early in the second period, during which United shipped three costly goals. However, the most important outcome of the afternoon was the 6,664 attendance for Way, whose playing career was curtailed by an horrific road accident in December 2008.
The 30-year-old provoked a mass outpouring of applause and recognition when he took to the field for the final moments of a game which captivated all present from start to finish.
United made a promising start, but almost fell behind when Dean Bowditch thudded an effort against Conor Devlin's crossbar. Ravel Morrison was thwarted in a one-on-one with Glovers goalkeeper John Sullivan and Joshua King was crowded out by a pack of defenders, before United took the lead eight minutes before the break.
Cameron Stewart's cross found King, and the Norwegian front-man picked out Possebon, who stroked home the opening goal from the edge of the penalty area.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Warren Joyce made just one half-time substitution, bringing on Brady for Possebon, but the Reds' rhythm was thrown off-kilter by an amazing start to the second period from the hosts.
Just two minutes had elapsed when Jean-Paul Kalala smashed an unstoppable 25-yard effort past Devlin, and the United goalkeeper was beaten again two minutes later as Sam Williams stabbed in from close range.
The enraptured crowd watched on in disbelief as Adam Virgo headed home Yeovil's third goal moments later, capping an incredible spell for the hosts. Shell-shocked, United took time to settle back into the match.