Liverpool 1-1 Manchester United
Steven Gerrard made a scoring return to the Liverpool starting lineup. Reuters

Manchester United extended their unbeaten start to the season with a hard-fought draw at Anfield.

The defending champions came from behind to draw 1-1, courtesy of a late Javier Hernandez header after Steven Gerrard had given the hosts the lead.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish handed Gerrard his first start after six months out with a groin injury but their talismanic captain could do little to influence a flat first half.

Luis Suarez forced a smart save from goalkeeper David De Gea late in the first half, as both sides struggled to create chances.

Sir Alex Ferguson left Wayne Rooney, Luis Nani and Hernandez on the bench as Danny Welbeck led the United forward line. However, the visiting side failed to test Pepe Reina in the Liverpool goal as the first 45 minutes ended in a stalemate.

The second half saw both sides rejuvenated and it was Liverpool who seized the initiative in the 68th minute. Rio Ferdinand's foul on Charlie Adam brought a freekick 25 yards from goal and Gerrard stepped up to sweep a low shot past De Gea.

Substitute Hernandez levelled for United in the 81st minute after a United corner was flicked on by Welbeck and Hernandez found half a yard on a flat Liverpool defence to head home from four yards.