We assess how each United player performed in the victory in North London...
Phil Jones – Restored after missing the win over Bolton, but lasted just over quarter of an hour before being stretchered off with an ankle injury.
Chris Smalling – One of the Reds’ form players continued his string of eye-catching displays. Got a let-off when his loss of footing went unpunished by van Persie, but the gifted defender earned his luck with another fine performance.
Jonny Evans – Another week, another change of central defensive partnership. Evans looked sharp and lively once again, keeping van Persie on a tight leash for the most part.
Patrice Evra – A continuation of the Frenchman’s surge of form. Named Sky’s Man of the Match, Evra charged forward with wild abandon and defended superbly to boot. A top drawer outing from the skipper.
Antonio Valencia – Revelled all afternoon, powering home a brilliant header to open the scoring and then embarking on a purposeful run which culminated in Welbeck’s winner.
Michael Carrick – Continued to pull the strings in the United engine room. Kept it simple throughout but was always looking for a positive pass to his willing forward runners.
Ryan Giggs – Another 90 minutes from the ageless midfielder, who reprised his wingplay with a superb cross for Valencia’s opener. Enjoyed some winding runs and continues to thrive in a central role.