The right-back was outstanding throughout the 2-0 victory, defending with resilience and getting forward with his usual flair. Indeed, it was his run and prodded through ball that allowed Robin van Persie to round Tim Howard and claim the second goal.
There was plenty of competition for the accolade with Ryan Giggs finishing in second place in our poll after opening the scoring with his right foot to extend his record of scoring in every Barclays Premier League season.
Another who put in a sterling effort was third-placed skipper Nemanja Vidic, who was imperious in the air and put his body on the line when Everton did threaten inside the penalty box. Wayne Rooney, David De Gea and Jonny Evans were further down the pecking order in terms of the voting as the Reds exacted revenge for last season's costly 4-4 draw and the opening-match defeat at Goodison Park.