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Liverpool's Luis Suarez (left) and Manchester United's Jonny Evans (right) battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup, Third round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Liverpool's Luis Suarez (left) and Manchester United's Jonny Evans (right) battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup, Third round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Manchester United manager David Moyes (centre) gives instructions to Alexander Buttner from the touchline during the Capital One Cup, Third round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Manchester United's manager David Moyes (L) shakes hands with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard (R) following their English League cup soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Manchester United's manager David Moyes (L) shakes hands with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard (R) following their English League cup soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Manchester United manager David Moyes (centre) applauds the fans on the pitch after the final whistle of the Capital One Cup, Third round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 25, 2013. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Referee Mark Clattenburg reacts during the English League cup soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Manchester United manager David Moyes (centre) applauds the fans on the pitch after the final whistle of the Capital One Cup, Third round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Referee Mark Clattenburg reacts during the English League cup soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Liverpool's Luis Suarez (left) and Manchester United's Jonny Evans (right) battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup, Third round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Liverpool's Luis Suarez reacts during their English League cup soccer match against Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Liverpool's Luis Suarez (R) challenges Manchester united's Chris Smalling during their English League cup soccer match against Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Liverpool's Luis Suarez (right) shows his frustration after a missed free kick during the Capital One Cup, Third round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Liverpool's Luis Suarez shows his frustration after a missed free kick during the Capital One Cup, Third round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Liverpool's Luis Suarez asks for the ball to be given to him quickly during the Capital One Cup, Third round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Liverpool's Luis Suarez (L) is challenged by Manchester United's Rafael Da Silva during their English League cup soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Liverpool's Luis Suarez (top) is challenged by Manchester United's Alexander Buttner during their English League cup soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Nani of Manchester United competes with Luis Suarez of Liverpool during the Capital One Cup Third Round match betwen Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on September 25, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Nani of Manchester United competes with Mamadou Sakho of Liverpool during the Capital One Cup Third Round match betwen Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on September 25, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Luis Suarez (left) and Manchester United's Phil Jones battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup, Third round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Manchester United manager David Moyes celebrates after Javier Hernandez scores his side's first goal of the game during the Capital One Cup, Third round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo
Manchester United manager David Moyes celebrates after Javier Hernandez scores his side's first goal of the game during the Capital One Cup, Third round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 25, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player servies. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge (R) is challenged by Manchester United's Phil Jones during their English League cup soccer match against Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Liverpool's Luis Suarez warms up before their English League cup soccer match against Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho (top) and Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (bottom) battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup, Third round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United tangles with Mamadou Sakho of Liverpool during the Capital One Cup Third Round match betwen Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on September 25, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Luis Suarez during the warm up during the Capital One Cup, Third round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Liverpool's Luis Suarez during the warm up during the Capital One Cup, Third round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Luis Suarez of Liverpool warms up prior to the Capital One Cup Third Round match betwen Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on September 25, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa (L) challenges Liverpool's Jose Enrique during their English League cup soccer match against Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Rafael of Manchester United competes with Mamadou Sakho of Liverpool during the Capital One Cup Third Round match betwen Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on September 25, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Nani of Manchester United competes with Mamadou Sakho of Liverpool during the Capital One Cup Third Round match betwen Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on September 25, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Luis Suarez during the warm up during the Capital One Cup, Third round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United tangles with Mamadou Sakho of Liverpool during the Capital One Cup Third Round match betwen Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on September 25, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Nani of Manchester United competes with Luis Suarez of Liverpool during the Capital One Cup Third Round match betwen Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on September 25, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Luis Suarez returns to action this week

Javier Hernandez brought a sense of stability back to Manchester United after a turbulent week by netting the only goal in an absorbing Capital One Cup tie with Liverpool.

Hernandez wriggled away from Jose Enrique to touch home Wayne Rooney's corner.

The Mexican's first goal of the campaign came so early in the second-half, United manager David Moyes had barely got beyond the penalty area in his walk to the home dug-out.

It meant it was easy to spot the Scot's celebration, at a strike that should at least quell some of the angst that built up following that awful hammering at Manchester City four days ago.

United's performance was not perfect.

Indeed, on his return following a 10-match suspension, Luis Suarez came close to levelling when his vicious free-kick struck the bar with David De Gea beaten.

De Gea had only just repelled Victor Moses' powerful diving header.

But the hosts had chances to sew up the contest too, with Simon Mignolet producing a couple of excellent saves to deny Rooney.

And after bravely riding the hefty punches landed on him at the Etihad Stadium, Moyes was probably not that bothered about the actual scoreline anyway, just the much-needed victory against one of England's biggest clubs, and United's greatest rivals.

Hernandez wriggled away from Jose Enrique to touch home Wayne Rooney's corner.

The Mexican's first goal of the campaign came so early in the second-half, United manager David Moyes had barely got beyond the penalty area in his walk to the home dug-out.

It meant it was easy to spot the Scot's celebration, at a strike that should at least quell some of the angst that built up following that awful hammering at Manchester City four days ago.

United's performance was not perfect.

Indeed, on his return following a 10-match suspension, Luis Suarez came close to levelling when his vicious free-kick struck the bar with David De Gea beaten.

De Gea had only just repelled Victor Moses' powerful diving header.

But the hosts had chances to sew up the contest too, with Simon Mignolet producing a couple of excellent saves to deny Rooney.

And after bravely riding the hefty punches landed on him at the Etihad Stadium, Moyes was probably not that bothered about the actual scoreline anyway, just the much-needed victory against one of England's biggest clubs, and United's greatest rivals.

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