his inviting centre was converted by Scholes, he was felled by a crude challenge by Bradley Johnson and appeared to take some time to regain his swagger. Was certainly asked to provide an outlet in the second half and continued to make in-roads down the right.
Michael Carrick: A couple of sweeping passes out to the right early on proved he'd found his range and he was also composed when helping out in defence. Almost played in Giggs with an intelligent through ball and teed up Ashley Young for a late chance when he must've been tempted to go for goal himself.
Paul Scholes: An outstanding display from the veteran, capped by the opening goal as he headed in from close range. A body swerve that deceived Hoolahan was another highlight and there was a trademark chest back to De Gea in a midfield masterclass. One stray pass allowed a shot on United's goal but it was only a blip as he was clearly one of the best players on the pitch.
Ryan Giggs: It's almost as if this was scripted. A flick over in the opening stages would have been a dream start and he was unlucky to volley against the bar in the second half but he was merely saving his best for last. A fluid, measured performance was punctuated by the injury-time finish that he celebrated as wildly as any Red, realising the importance of his latest priceless contribution at the end of his 900th appearance.
Danny Welbeck: A hard-working display full of pace and penetration but he will have been relieved to see Giggs come up trumps after missing a header from his experienced team-mate's cross with time running out. The England international also forced a couple of superb saves out of John Ruddy, one in each half, and, when he did beat the keeper, Zak Whitbread cleared.