United, who had been in charge of the proceedings if not the scoreline, looked to have been given an unlikely boost by that dismissal but no matter what the players attempted in the time that remained, the equaliser remained elusive.
United: Vitek; Hughes, Fish, Fernandez, Pye (Jurado 64) ; Sidersky, Savage (Hansen 71); Shoretire, McNeill (Emeran 80), Hannibal, Hugill.
Substitutes not used: Mee, Hoogewerf, Forson, Wellens.
Goal: Liverpool – Morton 17.
Sent off: Liverpool – Norris 68.