The action started to come at the other end when Pereira's fine run was ended by Lloyd Jones and Lawrence bent an attempt wide as Warren Joyce's side burst into life again with Pearson denied by a double save from Fulton. However, with eight minutes left, Liverpool spurned a rare clear-cut opening when Peterson headed over after a free-kick came his way.
An even more glaring chance was to follow when Amos saved well but pushed the ball into the path of substitute Villyan Bijev but the Bulgarian's finish cleared a gaping goal. Wilson and Lawrence both limped off to leave the Reds short of options going forward but a clean sheet secured another marvellous win as Joao Teixeira and Bijev were unable to snatch an equaliser in a late rally.
United: Amos; Varela, McNair, Ekangamene, James; Janko, Pearson, Rothwell (Weir 57), A.Pereira, Lawrence (Love 89); Wilson (Harrop 83). Subs: J.Pereira, Willock.