Tomasz Kuszczak – Continued his good form from the weekend with a number of good stops without really being tested to the limit. Showed safe hands when required.
Gary Neville – Standard performance from the skipper, who kept Lennon largely under wraps as part of a solid back four.
Wes Brown – Stood up to the challenge of Keane and Defoe with flying colours. Dealt with everything that came his way. Even second half bloodshed didn’t faze him!
Nemanja Vidic – A contender for man of the match, the Serbian was dominating at the back, making several key tackles. One particular highlight was his perfectly timed sliding challenge on Keane when the Irishman was shaping to shoot.
Ritchie De Laet – A promising 90 minutes from the youngster. Was caught out once or twice in the first half but really grew into the left-back role. Made a stunning block from Defoe from point-blank range in the first half.
Gabriel Obertan – The Frenchman was a constant threat on the right and gave Bale plenty to deal with before he was substituted. Unlucky not to get an assist when his first half cross just evaded Berbatov.
Darron Gibson – Shone in his midfield role, hitting two cracking goals from outside the box to win the tie for the Reds. Played a nice one-two with Welbeck that led to his second.
Anderson – The Brazilian was full of energy as usual, winning the ball regularly in the middle and feeding the front players. Came close to opening the scoring in the very first minute and fed Gibson for the opener.
Ji-sung Park – Played a part in both goals so will be happy with his contribution. Valuable minutes on the pitch will help him regain match fitness.