Not helped today as his defence were poor for all goals, leaving Januzaj unmarked for the first, failing to track Welbeck for the second and being caught too square for the third.
Probably the best of their defensive options today, his reading of the game was strong and he put in some well-placed headers.
Fragile and weak in the tackle on his return, easily brushed off the ball from Valencia and giving players far to much space to swing balls into the box.
Made a positive start with a strong tackle on Valencia but then at fault for the second as he gave the ball away in the build-up. Looked too slow, but his tackling was impressive.
Returned to make his first start since September but didn't have the finest game, making heavy touches on the ball and booked for a late challenge on Januzaj with studs showing.
Failed to track the run of Welbeck from deep for his second, nor even seem aware of his presence as his eyes were drawn to the ball.
Didn't offer enough protection to the defence, particularly Luna on the left, despite his role requiring that out of the midfield three. Later taken out for Weimann.
First league start of the season and showed great energy as he hit two shots on target in the opening stages. Tried to make things happen with crosses into the box.
K. El Ahmadi
By far the best of a midfield trio for his side, he put in a number of strong tackles and tried his best to fill the void going forward left vacant by Fabian Delph's suspension.
Made his 300th appearance and started with terrific enthusiasm only to see that squashed with two quick goals. Still worked hard throughout, however.
No goal in over ten hours of football prior to kick-off and didn't look like resolving that with one today. Ineffective and later taken off for Kozak.
Dealt with the early chances from Albrighton and El Ahmadi easily but was never really threatened.
Beaten in the air on a couple occasions against Benteke early on but as the striker's presence wilted, his game became easier.
Involved in a late first-half confrontation after a challenge from Lowton but his on-pitch play was solid and he stood up strong to Albrighton on a couple occasions.
Never in much danger at right-back but did have to contend with the hard work and tracking back of Agbonlahor. Linked up well with Valencia on the right.
Looked assured at the back and comfortable on the ball too as his side put themselves back on winning ways in the league.
Caused problems all game down the right-hand side with his direct running and set up the second with a fine cross.
He was given an easy game in midfield, allowed the time and space on the ball when sitting deep and even got himself on the scoresheet with a shot at the near post.
A solid if unspectacular display from the veteran midfielder who was later replaced for Fletcher in the second half.
His unmarked header re-bounded off the post to help Welbeck find the first. Positive on the ball and later replaced for former Villa Park hero, Young.
Made a terrific early start, reacting quick to poke the ball into the net for the first after it bounced off the post and then find the roof of the net with an outstretched leg for the second.
Made his 500th club appearance in style and could have scored himself but missed by inches. Played a fine ball through the defence to set-up Cleverley for their third .