Rafael - Another rampaging display from the young Brazilian in the first period, and his reading of the game improves with each appearance. More disciplined after the break, and fortunately evaded injury from David Meyler's strong challenge.
Rio Ferdinand - The England international breezed through the afternoon. Despite the seemingly imposing partnership of Bent and Gyan, Ferdinand and Vidic restricted the visitors to almost no openings.
Nemanja Vidic - Utterly dominant in the air and sharp in the challenge, Vida gave another captain's display alongside his partner-in-crime, Rio Ferdinand.
Patrice Evra - For once, the Frenchman was scarcely involved in an attacking capacity, but let little pass defensively down his flank and rarely looked troubled.
Ji-sung Park - In his last outing before jetting back to Korea for the Asian Cup, Park signed off with a sharp performance on the right wing.
Michael Carrick - Excellent. Neat, tidy and purposeful whenever heading forward, Carrick was also strong in the challenge and quick to break up Sunderland's rare forays.
Anderson - The Brazilian continued his fine recent form with a breathless start to the game, in which his probing passes caused mayhem and he thudded