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impressive and crossed for United's opening goal.
A lung-busting display for 90 minutes from the Brazilian. Ando saw plenty of the ball - often winning it back himself in midfield - and used it wisely all evening. Added another goal to his steadily growing tally.
Grew in stature as the game wore on, although he was hardly quiet in the first half. Ashley seems to be relishing life at Old Trafford, particularly his link-up play with Wayne Rooney, and is playing with plenty of confidence.
Scored United's third goal with three minutes to play to cap another strong performance. Dropped deep to boost his involvement and seemed to have more impact after the interval. Pulled the strings, subtly.
Netted the Reds' first with a fine glancing header and then teed up Anderson for the second with a sublime backheel. All this after an opening 45 minutes that never really sparked into life. In the end, a night to remember.
Ryan Giggs (for Cleverley, 81)
Injected experience into midfield to help see out the game and ended up providing a wonderful cross for Rooney to head home on 87 minutes. Still a top talent.
Javier Hernandez (for Welbeck, 81)
Just failed to reach a teasing cross near the end but otherwise had minimal involvement during his late cameo.