Rafael - Kept in-form Gareth Bale on a short leash throughout the first half and bombed forward where possible. As Spurs' threat down the left in the early stages of the second half grew, Sir Alex turned to the experience of Wes Brown.
Rio Ferdinand - Looks stronger with every game. Van der Vaart's deep role posed problems in the first period, but Rio got to grips with his influence after the break and led a dominant defensive display.
Nemanja Vidic - The skipper performed superbly in tandem with Ferdinand, and made the all-important contribution to powerfully head United into the lead.
Patrice Evra - Had a couple of shaky moments early in the game against Aaron Lennon, but as the game wore on the Frenchman completely dominated the tricky winger.
Nani - Another exciting display from the winger. Aside from the storm which will follow his controversial goal, he supplied the cross for Vidic's opener and generally terrorised Spurs throughout the game.
Darren Fletcher - Pressed, harried and hassled Tottenham into submission. Gained and kept possession with authority, and turned in a dominant performance in a midfield battle packed with talent.