Paul Scholes scored on his 500th appearance to set Manchester United on their way to a deserved victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford.
The midfielder forced the ball home after keeper Jose Reina had got a hand to his initial shot after 39 minutes.
That came after Dirk Kuyt had wasted Liverpool's best effort with a free header from Mark Gonzalez's cross.
Rio Ferdinand smashed in a second to make it 2-0 after 66 minutes as United returned to the top of the Premiership.
United: Van der Sar, Neville (c) (O’Shea, 78), Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, Scholes, Carrick, Giggs, Rooney, Saha.
Subs not used: Kuszczak, Brown, Ronaldo, Solskjaer.
Liverpool: Reina, Finnan, Hyypia, Carragher, Riise, Garcia, Alonso (Crouch, 70), Sissoko, Gerrard (c), Gonzalez (Pennant, 53), Kuyt.
Subs not used: Dudek, Warnock, Paletta.
Ronaldo was out because he suffered a flu and hamstring injury.
Goals maybe to follow later.