David De Gea: Brought into action after only 18 seconds when saving from Seamus Coleman and, again, he was probably busier than Sir Alex would have liked. The pick of his stops came from Jack Rodwell but most of the efforts did not require the Spaniard to show his quality.
Phil Jones: Pressed hard and snapped into tackles, showing real relish for the occasion. One ambitious run in the first half was unable to be repeated in a more cautious second half but he defended gallantly and was often in the thick of things.
Nemanja Vidic: The skipper tightens things up at the back and gets his head on any long balls into the danger zone. Calmed things down when required, one chest-pass back to De Gea was evidence of that, and won one classic aerial challenge with Osman that upset the home supporters. Showed some neat footwork to get out of a cul-de-sac after the interval and made one risky header past his own left-hand post from Tony Hibbert's dangerous centre.
Jonny Evans: Tussled with Louis Saha and Maroune Fellaini but managed to win some important headers. Tried to get forward on one occasion but this was all about dogged defending and ensuring there was no way through for the hosts. With a clean sheet achieved, it was a case of job done for the Northern Irishman after his red card last Sunday.
Patrice Evra: Caught out in the first minute by Coleman and, although the Irishman was Everton's brightest player, he worked hard to keep him in check. Supplied the perfect cross for Javier Hernandez's winner and had one shot blocked in the first half. Picked up a knock after a strong tackle by Coleman but soldiered on.