Edwin van der Sar He couldn’t do much about either goal as both were unmarked, close-range headers from corners. He made a few fine stops, especially in the first-half with United really under pressure.
Rafael Plenty to do defensively. Made one brilliant intervention at the start of the second-half and was subject to a penalty claim from Blackpool, but it would perhaps have been harsh. Sad to see him go off after a clash of heads. Early reports suggest it's just concussion.
Chris Smalling Like the rest of the back four he was in for a tough night. This wasn’t as easy as his outing against Birmingham at the weekend. That's for sure.
Nemanja Vidic Bloodied and battle-weary, Vida will perhaps be annoyed – personal pride rather than culpability – at the defence conceding two headed goals. Almost turned the ball into his own net too at one point.
Patrice Evra United’s defence came in for a bit of a battering, physically and in football terms, in the first half. Pat got a bloody lip for his troubles, but battled on.
Darron Gibson Sacrificed at half-time and it was a necessary change to give the team more balance on that left side.
Paul Scholes He started promisingly, then dipped in the middle of the match. But with Giggs and Hernandez on and acting as outlets to his wide range of passing, his options increased.
Darren Fletcher Ran his socks off and put in a real shift at right-back too when United had over ten minutes of injury time to survive.