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Our individual analysis of the Reds stars' performances..
Edwin Van der Sar
Every touch was applauded on an emotional farewell appearance. He had no chance with the two goals, both going in off the post, but he still pulled off one brave block from Ian Evatt that was vital in the context of this game.
Showed great technique to fire a left-foot volley goalwards and was involved in the build-up that led to a good chance for Dimitar Berbatov. Withdrawn at the interval.
Won his aerial challenges with customary relish and butted away one dangerous Gary Taylor-Fletcher cross. However, it was his foul on the Blackpool No12 that led to Charlie Adam's free-kick goal. Had a header well cleared in the opposing box before making way for Wayne Rooney late on.
Looked a little rusty when Adam tore past him in the first minute but dealt with Stephen Crainey much better moments later and went on to have a solid match at the back, including one important saving block towards the end.
Displayed nimble footwork when raiding down the left and defended with his usual aplomb, beating DJ Campbell to feed the ball back to Van der Sar on one occasison. Picked up a worrying knock to his ankle but was able to continue.
Became more of an influence as the match wore on with some teasing crosses causing problems for the visitors. Will be disappointed with a wayward header from a Chris Smalling cross but United scored from the next attack.