David De Gea was by far the busier goalkeeper on show, and the former Atletico Madrid stopper was equal to almost everything Real could throw at him. An early world class stop from Coentrao was the highlight of his display, run close by his improvised hoof away from the same opponent's shot. Another magnificent big-game display from the Spaniard.
Phil Jones turned in a selfless shift in a defensive midfield position, coagulating Real's approach play in central areas and providing a fine foil for Michael Carrick. The youngster once again gave absolutely everything for the cause.
United's attacking threat was largely reduced to counter-raids, but Robin van Persie's role within them was integral. The Dutchman's use of the ball and hold-up play was superb, though he'll be haunted by passing up the chance to bag a second away goal for the Reds.
In addition to his well-taken goal, Danny Welbeck was an inspirational presence in the United attack, applying his trademark hustle with abandon and providing a lively outlet throughout his 73-minute outing. A really impressive shift from the Longsight lad.