Solid handling to keep out two Rooney efforts in the first half but could do nothing about the United striker's goal. Vital touch on Nani's cross in the second half prevented a clear chance for Hernandez.
A threat going forward with his pace but switched off defensively in the build-up to United's goal.
Generally alert to danger but the England captain did seem to be caught out on more than one occasion by Hernandez's movement.
Decent display from the left-back but forced to defend rather than attack for most of the game as he was pegged back by the visitors' speedy wingers.
Strong and committed in one-on-one situations but didn't not know whether to follow Rooney or keep his position, meaning he was sometimes caught in no-man's land.
Failed to justify his inclusion ahead of Malouda with a display that lacked any thrust. Completely ineffective and replaced 20 minutes from time.
First involvement was a late challenge on Rooney and the Ghanaian looked off the pace from that moment on. Superb energy and drive but lacked subtlety in the final third.
The Brazilian showed great athleticism and pace but was on the periphery of the game in his right midfield role. Denied a late penalty when Evra seemed to clearly bring him down.
Could not find a killer pass but was always a goal threat. Will be wondering for a long time how his close-range effort on the stroke of half-time was kept out by Evra.
Still does not look at all comfortable playing alongside Torres and despite some glimpses of his power and ability, the Ivorian had little impact on the game. Replaced by Anelka in the 71st minute.
The £50m man started sharply but was once again frustrated and has now gone nine games for Chelsea without a goal. Super header in the second half was kept out by Van der Sar.
E. van der Sar
Used all his experience and agility to keep a clean sheet. The pick of the Dutchman's saves was a superb diving effort to deny Torres his first Chelsea goal.
A captain's performance from the Serbian as United did exactly the job they came to do. Won every header, every tackle and never lost concentration.
Solid performance from the Frenchman and attacked well when he exploited space on Chelsea's right side. Brilliant clearance on the line denied Lampard on the stroke of half-time but should have conceded a penalty for a clumsy late challenge on Ramires.
The former England captain made his first start since the start of February but it was like he had never been away as he showed superb anticipation and awareness.
The 37-year-old was majestic in a central midfield role and his wonderful touch and vision created Rooney's goal. Always seemed to know where the ball was going, picked it up in pockets of space and placed his passes perfectly.
The South Korean has never let Sir Alex Ferguson down on these big Champions League occasions and his work rate and tidy passing played an important role in a solid away performance.
His finest performance of a generally unimpressive season so far. The midfielder dictated much of the play, particularly in the first half, with his accurate short and long passing. Also demonstrated excellent reading of the game defensively.
The Ecuadorian winger offered good balance to the visitors and his versatility meant he was able to slot in at right-back for most of the second half.
Surprise starter as United chose to play with two strikers but justified his inclusion with dangerous movement throughout. Inches away from two headers that would have meant a second United goal.
Reminded us what he is all about following the adverse headlines after his foul-mouthed rant at the weekend. Lovely finish from 10 yards was followed by an ecstatic celebration. Always involved as he picked the ball up in dangerous positions.
- 22 R. Turnbull
- 19 Paulo Ferreira
Replaced Zhirkov with 20 minutes to play but had little impact as United sat deep and made it difficult for the hosts.
J. Obi Mikel
Replaced Bosingwa 12 minutes from time as Chelsea changed formation in search of a goal.
- 10 Y. Benayoun
Seemed to be half a yard off the pace when the ball bounced in the box after replacing Drogba in the 71st minute.
- 21 S. Kalou
- 29 T. Kuszczak
- 23 J. Evans
Replaced Park in the dying seconds.
- 18 P. Scholes
- 28 D. Gibson
Replaced the injured Rafael in the 51st minute and his trickery and delivery were a threat. Excellent cross nearly created a scoring opportunity and went through on goal only to be smothered by Cech.
Replaced Hernandez 12 minutes from time and showed a few nice touches.