Kwanda Mngonyama struck early for United, with Moeketsi Sekola finding the equaliser in the second half for the hosts.
United got off to a flying start when they were awarded a freekick in the second minute which Thamsanqa Mkhize played for Mngonyama to tuck home for the opener.
Ea Lla Koto had a chance to draw level in the 11th minute but Moffat Mdluli’s final touch was a disappointing one as he rifled the ball wide.
Stars surged forward in search of the equaliser and Katlego Mashego sent in a beautiful cross but there were no takers and goalkeeper Virgil Vries collected the ball with ease in the 20th minute.
In the 27th minute the Team of Choice had a great chance with a corner taken by Tumelo Letuka but former Ghana international defender John Pantsil came to the rescue with emphatic clearance.
In the 35th minute United had a chance to double their lead before the break but Mkhize’s venomous shot was blocked out by Bokang Thlone.
On the stroke of halftime Nhlanhla Vilakazi was booked for a foul Moeketsi Sekola and Robert Sankara took the resultant setpiece for Stars but powerful shot was collected by Vries.
In the second half Stars came back a much more rejuvenated side and they were rewarded for the efforts in the 56th minute as the evergreen Sekola levelled matters with a fine finish.
In the 72nd minute, Khumbulani Banda produced a moment of brilliance and blasted the ball at goal, but goalkeeper Ayanda Mtshali pulled off a superb save to deny United.
Stars captain Paulos Masehe tried to take matters into his own hands as he did well to beat his marker but his goal-bound shot was blocked by Banda in the 83rd minute.
Thebakang followed up with another ferocious effort in 89th minute but missed the target much to the relief of United.
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