United survived a second-half fightback from Huddersfield, taking all three points after late goals from Ravel Morrison and Etzaz Hussain.
John Cofie's first half strike had Paul McGuinness' side ahead at half-time, but the visitors were a team transformed after the interval, and they deservedly levelled before the Reds' late flourish.
The hosts were comfortably on top in the early exchanges, and moved ahead as William Keane's shot was scrambled away on the goal-line, but only as far as Cofie, who hammered in from under a yard out.
Cofie fired off target with the clearest chance across the remainder of the opening half, as United called the tune, but the Reds' comfort was to prove misleading.
For much of the second half, however, Huddersfield were on top, and they levelled matters out of nothing, just before the hour mark. Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone's clearance was charged down and eventually ended up with Aiden Chippendale, who fired home a low effort.
Buoyed, Huddersfield applied further pressure as United sought to regain their composure. Morrison was only a yard off target with a 20 yard snapshot, while