Ratings by Matt Nichols
Ben Foster - A busy night for the United keeper. Was under the cosh at corners and made an outstanding stop in the second half from Jacob Butterfield.
Gary Neville - Provided vital experience to a young United side and was relatively untroubled until his sending off in the second half for a challenge on Adam Hammill.
Jonny Evans - The sort of solid performance we've come to expect from the young Irishman. Had his hands full with Bogdanovich and Macken but was cool under pressure.
Wes Brown - United's standout defender on the night, it was good to see him get through another 90 minutes. Did well to nullify the threat of Barnsley's front line.
Fabio - A quieter performance than his last outing, but the lack of a real threat from Barnsley's right-hand side suggests he is a more than capable deputy for Patrice Evra.
Gabriel Obertan - A very promising debut from the French winger. Caused problems down the right, especially in the first half and nearly set up a goal with an inch perfect cross that was unfortunately headed over by Welbeck.
Anderson - Industrious as ever, the Brazilian caused a number of problems with his excellent passing, including his layoff for Owen to score.
Rafael - Made his first appearance of the season in an unaccustomed role alongside Anderson, but didn't look out of place as he protected the back four as well as providing support going forward. Booked for a clip on Campbell-Ryce late on.
Danny Welbeck - Outstanding first-half performance from the youngster. Headed home Anderson's corner after six minutes