Rafael Strong in that right-back slot, which indisputably is his own now. Never looks out of place at this level. Proved it’s not just his attacking ability that stands out. He’s a wily defender too.
Rio Ferdinand Rock solid all night. Mopped up at the back with a performance that oozed class, and experience and big-game know-how. Several decisive interceptions.
Nemanja Vidic Brilliant sliding challenge kept out Chamakh’s shot in the second half. His reading of the game in general was excellent and that allowed him to snuff out danger at any and every turn.
Patrice Evra Took plenty of stick from Arsenal’s travelling fans for his comments earlier in the week, but this performance was about proving substance is as relevant as style. Like the rest of the back four, Pat was on top form.
Nani Proved a threatening weapon going forward. Always looks like he has a goal in him. Had the tendency to frustrate sometimes with his decision-making, but he was always positive.
Darren Fletcher Seemed to relish the midfield battle, and it’s that kind of mentality that can win you these games. He hates the big-game-player tag, but maybe this display will ignite his season.