We assess how United's players fared over the title-winning season...
Rafael - Tries to win every ball with his speed and aggression and has all the ingredients to become the best right-back in the division. Likes to join up with the attack and is gaining in experience and confidence all the time.
Fabio - Although he may have been behind his twin in his development, largely due to injuries, he earned the trust of the manager towards the end of the season. A dynamic, tenacious figure who looks at home in a variety of positions.
Patrice Evra - Steady and reliable as he remains a permanent fixture in the left-back slot. A constant attacking source of inspiration with his raids down the flank, he links superbly with his colleagues.
John O’Shea - It’s little wonder he’s one of the manager’s favourites because of his versatility and character. Able to slot in and deliver reliable performances with the added benefit of his height at set-pieces and status of being a senior professional.
Rio Ferdinand - Purrs his way through games with seemingly effortless ease and is a class act at the back. Dominant in the air and composed on the ground, he ended any doubts over his nagging injuries with a series of top-class displays.
Chris Smalling - Seems to be learning the Old Trafford way fast and can be delighted with his debut campaign at the club. Looked completely unfazed as he proved an able deputy for his higher-profile