Ratings by ManUtd.com's Ben Hibbs
John O’Shea – Steady defensively and the Irishman did his best to get forward and help the team out in attack as well.
Rio Ferdinand – Calm and controlled, United’s captain was at his exemplary best. Always seems a step ahead of anyone else.
Jonny Evans – Up against his old team-mate Giuseppe Rossi. Coped well with the tricky Italian. Very strong in the air from crosses, corners or long balls forward.
Patrice Evra (booked 36) – Tried to get forward and help Nani or Ronaldo whenever he could. Made several key clearances when Villarreal pressed forward.
Cristiano Ronaldo (booked 53) – Genuine goal threat. Drew a flurry of fouls and regularly tested Villarreal goalkeeper Diego Lopez, who pulled off three saves from the Portuguese, tipping one wonderful shot onto the bar after Rooney’s knock-down.
Michael Carrick – Started well. His involvement dipped just before and after half time, but when he started pulling the strings again United’s performance benefited.
Anderson – Advanced role midfield role saw a different side to his game; trying to be more creative and penetrative than a combative bundle of energy.