David de Gea 8 – Made two great saves in the first half when Manchester United were under all sorts of pressure and had the young Spaniard not been in good form, it would have been a different result altogether.
Chris Smalling 7 – Fared well against the threatening Nathan Redmond at full-back aside from one or two instances in the first half. Comfortable in the second period.
Jonny Evans 7 – The Irishman recovered from an off colour display against Hull with a solid outing. Made one superb block to deny Hoolahan a certain goal in the first half and read the game well.
Nemanja Vidic 7 – Returned to the side with a good performance after a spell out. Relished the last ditch defending of the first half and looked comfortable as United improved in the second half.
Patrice Evra 5 – Defensively suspect and fell asleep numerous times in the defensive third. Failed to bring much to United’s attack until a few forays forward in the final 15.
Michael Carrick 6 – At times seemed a little rusty as Hoolahan sometimes got the better of United’s midfield linchpin but he was typically neat on the ball and his presence must be a big boost for David Moyes.
Tom Cleverley 6 – Effective but safe in possession and offered reasonable energy in the centre of the park. Didn’t quite hit the heights of previous weeks but was solid, if unspectacular.
Ryan Giggs 5 – Giggs looked his age today and was hooked off after 45 minutes. United were noticeably better after the veteran went off.
Ashley Young 6 – Selected on the right after a good run of form. Was neat and intricate in the first half and created one or two good chances in the second from wide areas but was less of a threat than in recent weeks.
Shinji Kagawa 6 – Tried but often struggled to influence the game from the left hand side. Didn’t do a great deal to cover Evra but was reasonably tidy when he received the ball.
Javier Hernandez 6 – Didn’t have a sniff aside from two efforts from outside the box in a frustrating display. Assisted Danny Welbeck, perhaps unwillingly, but struggled to have an impact. Although, the service afforded to the Mexican was poor.
Danny Welbeck 8 – Changed the game after coming on for Giggs at half time. Seemed determined to haul United forward and showed his growing predatory instincts for his goal.
Adnan Januzaj 5 – Struggled to influence the game during his 20 minutes on the pitch. Although, he did prove adept at holding onto the ball in tight spaces as the contest drew to a close.
Darren Fletcher – A late change for Hernandez to sure things up in the middle.