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Who was United's star man? Here's our shortlist...

David De Gea
Jonny Evans
Rio Ferdinand
Nani
Wayne Rooney

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02/02/2013 19:37, Report by Adam Marshall

Vote: Man of the Match

United went 10 points clear at the Barclays Premier League summit with a 1-0 win at Fulham.

Wayne Rooney was the matchwinner with his second-half strike enough to earn another precious victory, as the goal that evoked memories of Cristiano Ronaldo's famous effort at Craven Cottage in 2007. The No10 is an obvious contender for Man of the Match, after also hitting a post, but we have four other options in our poll.

David De Gea surely silenced any critics with a splendid performance, with two saves in the first half right out of the top drawer. The touching of a Bryan Ruiz shot onto an upright was probably in the world-class category. The Spaniard also caught all the crosses thrown into the box and kicked with confidence.

In defence, Jonny Evans returned from injury and looked as though he had never been away. The Northern Ireland international put his body on the line, particularly late on, and made several crucial interceptions. The centre-back's long ball forward also means he claims an assist for the winner.

Nani also warrants a place on our short-list in his first league start since September as he tricked his way down both flanks and was often an outlet in the attacks. Although some of his crosses were disappointing, he is regaining his sparkle and can be a key figure going forward.

Rio Ferdinand was immaculate, alongside Evans, and helped ensure a clean sheet on the road was maintained. One vital header from deep inside his own area towards the end summed up his presence as this was another fine display by the veteran campaigner.

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