David De Gea - Looked calm and composed throughout, and continued his run of making huge contributions at key moments in games. His stop from Livermore's deflected shot could have huge ramifications come May.
Phil Jones - Testament to the youngster's character that he overcame a shaky first half display - and a booking - to turn in a much improved defensive display during the second period.
Jonny Evans - Mountainous again, in keeping with his superb recent form. Made a key early tackle on Aaron Lennon to halt the winger's surging run, and vitally mopped up after De Gea had parried away Livermore's shot.
Rio Ferdinand - Like Evans, carried on where he left off in recent weeks. Read situations superbly and used all his savvy to stay one step ahead of Adebayor throughout the game.
Patrice Evra - Traditionally has been given stern examinations by Lennon, but set the tone early on by making sure he was first every ball and gave a solid defensive display throughout.
Nani - Drifted around and found possession in some neat pockets early on, and looked menacing whenever he had the ball. Showed great alertness to receive Jones' throw-in for Young's first goal.
Michael Carrick - Uncharacteristically unsure in possession at times during the first period, but upped his game hugely after the break and was bossing the midfield by full-time.