Several players took advantage of an opportunity to impress in a pressure-cooker atmosphere and will have done their future prospects no harm.
Nick Powell looked confident and assured in his first-ever start and was unlucky not to open the scoring when heading against the bar.
Phil Jones made an accomplished return to action following his lengthy lay-off and Alexander Büttner worked hard up and down the left flank and withstood some ferocious tackles.
Danny Welbeck provided his usual vitality and industry in attack, and can be well pleased with his efforts, while Anders Lindegaard proved what a top-class keeper he is by making some superb saves. The pick of the bunch was the diverting of Hamit Altintop's thunderbolt onto the bar.
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