David De Gea – Made an alert early save from Andrews’ deflected free-kick and parried away a late Shane Long effort, but otherwise impressed with the ball at his feet; distributing calmly and expertly throughout the course of the game.
Phil Jones – Made an indifferent start to the game, but quickly recovered and began to reverse the pressure down his flank. Tossed in some decent crosses and almost bagged a first-half header.
Jonny Evans – Continued his superb recent form with another mountainous performance. Strong, first to every ball and aerially dominant. Arguably the Reds’ on-song squad member at present.
Rio Ferdinand – As assured as ever at the back, and looks completely at ease in his partnership with Evans. Read everything before it had happened, making it look like an easy afternoon’s work.
Patrice Evra – One of the Reds’ most fruitful attacking outlets throughout the game. Bombed forward wherever possible and showed signs of a burgeoning relationship with Young down the left flank.
Danny Welbeck – Despite a rare deployment on the right flank, he looked United’s most dangerous attacker in the first period. The ball appeared glued to his feet during several winding runs, though he will be haunted by his second-half miss at the Stretford End.