We assess how each United player performed in the victory at Old Trafford...
Ben Amos: The young goalkeeper, stepping up in the absence of Anders Lindegaard and David De Gea, enjoyed a quiet evening and made several comfortable saves, including one from a low Cameron Jerome header. Will be pleased to mark his Premier League debut with a clean sheet.
Chris Smalling: Reverting back to his less familiar right back berth, the England international showed his defensive versatility and did well to support Valencia on the wing. Forced Walters and Wilson to come inside and seek other avenues of attack during a competent display.
Rio Ferdinand: After missing Saturday’s defeat to Liverpool, the veteran defender could hardly have wished for an easier outing against what was expected to be a physical Potters attack. As ever, the centre-back looked calm in possession and made several well-timed tackles.
Jonny Evans: The Northern Ireland international showed his aerial prowess against the considerable frames of Crouch and Jones during an accomplished display at the back. His attacking talents were also on show at times, threading through a neat pass for Chicharito who hit the side netting from an offside position.
Patrice Evra: United’s stand-in captain was forced to deal with Stoke’s main attacking threat, Jermaine Pennant, and managed to keep the former Arsenal winger at bay for much of the match. The Frenchman could also have won a third penalty when he was felled by Shawcross.
Antonio Valencia: December's Player of the Month continued his fine form and looked increasingly dangerous throughout the match, linking up well with wing deputy Smalling to provide a lively threat from the right.