Not a great deal for the Dane to do on his Old Trafford debut. Watched a long-range Smith effort rise over his bar and was saved by the woodwork in injury time from Bordie. Distribution was quick and accurate.
Dangerous every time he touched the ball. Showed good understanding with Obertan. Should have scored when played through on goal by Gibson in the first half. Endured similar fate as his brother as involvement was cut short by injury and replaced by Fletcher.
Stood tall to win some important headers in his unaccustomed position at centre-back. Moved to right-back – and then left-back – after the Da Silva’s came off injured to highlight his versatility.
Stand-in captain grabbed just the fifth goal of a 13-year career to open the scoring with a clever header. Got in some important tackles to force Tubbs out of the game. Booked.
Usual livewire at right-back. Bombed on to support Bebe and even found himself in the middle at times. Left exposed in defence by the clueless Portguese in front of him. Forced off with a knock and replaced by Smalling.
Kept United ticking over in possession but left his defence exposed at times when he wasn’t sat at the base of midfield.
Brazil international looked to play the quick one-twos to befuddle the lower league opposition. For a player of his class, however, should have been a greater influence on the match. Replaced at half-time by Rooney.
Pulled the strings for the Premier League leaders in the middle of the pitch. First, played in Hernandez to force corner, then swung in an in-swinging cross that was nodded in by Brown.
Hapless even against Blue Square Bet Premier opposition. Every cross was blasted way too deep, while he provided no cover for Rafael. Awful.
Threatened the Crawley defence with his speed and clever movement. Lacked support in first half but was buoyed by Rooney’s emergence after the break.
Looked a cut above the terrible supply served up by the other winger Bebe. Drew a fine save from Kuipers in first half and sharp low centre to Hernandez was stolen from his toes by Mills straight after the restart.
Surprisingly little to do for the ex-Brighton & Hove Albion shot stopper throughout the match. Had his fingers stung by Obertan in the first half and nothing he could do for the goal.
Created danger every time he crossed it. Made most of space left by Bebe's failure to track back.
Smothered threat from Hernandez in build-up to Brown’s goal. Not overawed by surroundings and ex-Sheffield United youngster looked surprisingly comfortable.
Captain’s performance from the ex-Derby County man. Stole ball from Hernandez’s toes at start of second half to keep Crawley in the game.
While McAllister excelled, the former Dunfermline winger failed to make his mark. Hauled off for Cook after the break.
The goalscoring hero from the third round victory against Derby County put in a solid display at the Theatre of Dreams. Asked to provide ballast in middle of the pitch rather than bomb forward in the first half, but grew into the match after the break. Booked.
Quiet but effective presence for Crawley. Slotted into the centre of the pitch and consistently tried to pressure Carrick.
Struggled to contain Obertan and looked out of his depth in first-half. Shone in second against the terrible Bebe, but then wasted a glorious chance in 71st minute when he fired wide when in space in the box.
Often utilised in the hole behind Tubbs. Made Lindegaard back pedal with a confident 35-yard effort. Drew brave block from O’Shea when he smashed a shot from the edge of the penalty box. Quick feet regularly won him space. Taken off for Rusk.
Threatened United with his height as he drifted inside from the left flank. Supported Tubbs well up top. Tired and taken off for Brodie.
Frustrating afternoon for the 26-goal striker. Well marshalled by Brown and O’Shea. Glimmer of a second half chance was put out by substitute Smalling as he covered across.
- T. Kuszczak
Denied Tubbs right after he came on in the 53rd minute. Used height to repel Crawley attack in the latter stages.
Came on at right-back in the 68th minute. Dug in and used experience to keep United afloat under pressure from the visitors.
- R. Tunnicliffe
- P. Pogba
Last weekend’s hero endured a more mundane 45 minutes this time after he came on at half-time. Booked and didn't threaten much.
- J. King
- S. Shearer
- S. Rents
- G. Wilson
Little to do after being introduced in the 81st minute.
- B. Napper
Brought on in the 69th minute to provide width and trickery. Showed great skill to twist O’Shea’s blood twice.
Thrown on in the 62nd minute and nearly stole the headlines with injury-time header than struck Lindegaard’s crossbar.