His catching and decision-making was excellent and showed fine reflexes on a number of occasions but his positioning for Rooney’s goal was poor.
His playing style is as entertaining as his hair. Made a series of excellent interceptions and looked a class act every time he was on the ball. Guilty of standing off Rooney for United's goal but he has already showed enough glimpses of his quality at Chelsea to make his brilliantly executed equaliser far from a surprise. Already looks worth every penny, although he could have been sent off on another night for a series of blatant bodychecks. Subbed for his own good with 10 minutes left.
One of the few Chelsea players to maintain his standards this season but a poor display by the versatile defender at right-back. Slow to react to the danger when Rooney picked up the ball before rifling in his goal. Made amends by setting up Luiz's equaliser.
Alongside the kamikaze Luiz, he was the epitome of calmness and discretion. Proved there is still plenty of life in the Chelsea old guard.
Responded to the inevitable cries of ‘shoot’ from the United fans every time he touched the ball with a tenacious display. Did not get forward too much but his defending was resolute. Would have been worth it if his 45th minute free-kick had gone in just to read the puns.
At his most dangerous when the game stopped as the 4-4-2 formation negated his goal threat in open play. One fierce free-kick nearly set up the equaliser but banged home the winning penalty with complete conviction and was heavily involved in Chelsea's comeback.
If Rooney has had a poor season, what about the once flawless Ghanian? Struggled to impose himself in the first half but woke up after the break to prove the 'train' has not completely veered off track.
His crossing from the left flank was poor and he wasted an excellent chance in the fourth minute when he shot straight at van der Sar.
Booked early on for a dangerous lunge on Carrick but showed further evidence of his gradual improvement with a tenacious display in a narrow, right midfield role.
The first hour generally passed him by but became more involved when Drogba came on and Chelsea had more control of the game. Still does not look anything like a £50m striker.
After an encouraging opening 10 minutes when he continued where he left off in Copenhagen, he suddenly went completely anonymous before being replaced by Drogba in the 61st minute.
E. van der Sar
Stood up brilliantly to deny Ivanovic from point-blank range with a double save. Could do little to deny the goals. Giggs is not the only player that United fans will want to put in cryogenic suspension this summer.
Rarely ventured beyond the halfway line but comfortably kept Malouda in check.
An assured display by the youngster, who was unlucky to concede a penalty when Zhirkov made the most of the contact, although he invited the indiscretion by sticking out his left leg.
No repeat of his previous struggles against Torres. Always in control against Chelsea's celebrated attackers and did not deserve to be on the losing side, even if his defending became a bit undisciplined towards the end. Sent off in stoppage time after hauling back Ramires and receiving a second yellow card.
Made some excellent bursts forward in the first half when United dominated but got drawn into the centre to leave Luiz too much space to strike the equaliser. Subbed late on,
Shunted out on to the right flank for the second consecutive game but was at the heart of his team's determined and collective work ethic even if he offered little threat going forward.
Has been United's most consistent attacker this season but this was one of those evenings when he ran into cul de sacs and was guilty of being a little selfish.
At the heart of United's first half dominance and swept the ball around confidently at times but was part of the midfield that crumbled after the break.
Brought out for the big occasions like a vintage decanter and rarely disappoints. Maintained United's passing rhythm before fading after the break and being subbed with 20 minutes left.
Repaid Ferguson’s faith by stretching Chelsea's defence with his pace and caused more problems than the more static style of Berbatov might have done. Withdrawn with 20 minutes left.
A brilliant goal and a fine performance by a player that even Ferguson had admitted beforehand was “fortunate” to be starting ahead of the more deserving Berbatov. Wasted a great chance to score with a free header from six yards but his touch, passing and general play was more like what we saw before his decline began one year ago with the injury in Munich. Surprisingly, his goal was his fifth in his last five Premier League games.
- 22 R. Turnbull
- 17 José Bosingwa
- 46 J. McEachran
Showed his experience by winning the vital penalty, although there was more than a hint of deviousness to the way he made the most of Smalling's poor challenge. Had a drive diverted on to the post late on.
A hint of desperation to his desire to prove a point to Ancelotti during his half-hour cameo but was always combative and helped bring United's centre-backs out of their comfort zone.
- 21 S. Kalou
- 29 T. Kuszczak
Replaced Evra in the closing minutes and came close to grabbing an equaliser.
- 6 W. Brown
- 28 D. Gibson
Had some nice touches but his 20th anniversary celebrations did not go off with a bang.
Struggled to get involved after replacing Hernandez. After being on the bench for the last two games, will wonder what he has to do to start the marquee games.