WES Brown, Darron Gibson, Zoran Tosic and Danny Welbeck were all in the United side which started their Premier Reserve League campaign with victory over Bolton Wanderers on Monday night.
After just three minutes Tosic crossed from the right for defender Craig Cathcart to head past Robert Lainton.
But it wasn't long before Wanderers were level with Stuart McDonald slotting home the equaliser after receiving a fine through ball.
United regained the lead shortly before the break when Tosic crowned fine work by Joshua King with a close-range finish.
The Reds dominated after the interval but found keeper Lainton almost unbeatable.
He displayed bravery and agility to keep the Reds from running away with the game.
But even he couldn't prevent Sam Hewson from heading United's third goal, from David Gray's cross, late in the game.