Edwin van der Sar Several good saves in the first half and always looked solid, which was vital as United didn’t have the two first-choice centre-halves.
John O’Shea Steady game from the Irishman, nothing spectacular but provided a defensive counter balance which allowed Evra to bomb forward on the other flank.
Wes Brown Come and have a go if you dare… largely rock solid outing for Wes, who was physically strong and took a no-nonsense approach to dealing with Drogba and Anelka.
Jonny Evans Similarly rugged and tough, Evans was commanding on the floor and in the air. Very mature, a display Rio or Vidic would have been proud of.
Patrice Evra Gave United a real attacking edge down the left with his pace and willingness to get forward.
Antonio Valencia A constant outlet on the right-hand side, and kept Ashley Cole pinned right back and in defensive mode throughout.
Michael Carrick Picked out passes from deep-lying positions, won several big tackles and got forward well in the first half to have several long-distance shots.
Darren Fletcher The man that made United tick. Busy and industrious. Key throughout, never gave the ball away and was critical to pressing Chelsea’s midfield.
Anderson Playing at the point of United’s midfield triangle, the Brazilian grew into the role as the game progressed, battling away and trying to get up to support Rooney.
Ryan Giggs Good movement and helped United control possession in the midfield.
Wayne Rooney Worked tirelessly up front on his own and brought others