Edwin van der Sar
Had little to do in the match, although claimed bravely at Robinho’s feet in the first half. Alert until the final whistle, he and Evra combined to keep out Dunne’s late shot.
Unfazed by the occasion, Rafael didn’t temper his attack-minded game. Defensively he was sound, too, although he was rarely tested one-on-one. Unlucky to be booked for throwing the ball in the air.
Another top performance from Rio, who calmly marshalled United’s back four and made sure City didn’t breach the defensive line.
Went in bravely with Micah Richards early on and has the stud marks down his chest to prove it. Never gave Robinho or Benjani any space.
Faced a tough test against lightning-fast Shaun Wright-Phillips but managed to contain the England winger well. Also bombed forward and threatened down the left flank.
Sent off for a second time at Eastlands, Ronaldo never really sparked. That’s not to say he was ineffective – he kept the ball well, played the ball into Rooney and Berbatov and even helped out at the back.
Alongside Fletcher, Carrick bossed the midfield. It was his shot that led to United’s goal and he battled all day to win the ball back when attacks broke down.
Largely responsible for the Reds’ midfield dominance, Fletch pulled all the strings from the centre of the park. Composed and creative, he always looked to