David Moyes still hasn't won at Anfield. The Scot's miserable record at Liverpool's historic home has now been extended to 13 games without a win. His first defeat as Manchester United manager was inflicted by their greatest enemies, who delighted in his misfortune.
Especially as most things that could go wrong for United did.
They lost Wayne Rooney before kick-off and lost the game. They were overpowered in the first half, overcome by the end, the reality of their shortcomings rammed home.
As he knows all too well, Moyes needs to buy on the final day of the transfer window. His side were short of chances and lacking in potential match-winners. Robin van Persie, arguably the only one in the starting 11, cut a frustrated figure, obviously annoyed with his opponents, but perhaps with his substandard team-mates as well.
In contrast, Liverpool were united and energetic.
They now possess a potent spearhead and have made the perfect start. Not since Robbie Fowler 19 years ago had a Liverpool player scored in the first three league games; not since 1994 had Liverpool won them.
Now both have happened. Daniel Sturridge is in illustrious company after turning 24 in the ideal way. He can have had few better birthdays.
He struck early. Daniel Agger flicked on Steven Gerrard's corner and Sturridge, coming off the goal-line to find space for himself, applied a delicate touch to score his fifth goal of the season. Thereafter Liverpool pressurised United, playing at pace but without scoring the second goal they perhaps deserved. Moyes' team, a little lightweight in midfield and with three 30-somethings in defence, struggled to keep up.