Had a relatively quiet afternoon, but there were moments of uncertainty. He fumbled a couple of shots and struggled to command his area - perhaps more proof that De Gea has a lot to improve on from set pieces.
Ferdinand allowed Smalling to do the big, strong defensive work against the striker and operated as a spare man, notably tracking James McClean when he decided to drift infield.
The more he plays at right-back, the more Jones grows into the role. He did his defensive work well for the majority - although James McClean did not offer much of a threat - and marauded forward well, linking up with Valencia.
Smalling's reading of the game is imperious, not befitting his years, and he is up for the physical side of the game as well. Questions will, however, be asked of his marking for the Sunderland goal.
Evra was up against Adam Johnson in the opening 45, meaning he was not taxed with keeping up with the winger going to the byline, as he preferred to cut inside. Stood off his man too much in the second half.
Really enjoys himself against lesser opposition, but was strangely subdued this afternoon, but for some nice balls into the box.
When United are well on top, there is not an awful lot Carrick can do to standout. He does, however, continue to do the simple things excellently and always made himself available in order to bring the wide players into the game.
A busy, jinking performance that goes a long way to prove why Sir Alex Ferguson persists with Cleverley in the middle of midfield. Alongside Carrick, he was given the licence to make an impression on the game in the final third and scored a wonderful goal.
It must be so exciting for a winger to know from the first minute that he has the beating of his marker, and that was the luxury Young was afforded against Carlos Cuellar. Every time he got the ball United looked like they may create something.
With Robin van Persie posing such a goal threat, Rooney is able to link play and allow the wingers to join in high upfield, something he did to great effect, even managing to notch a goal himself in the second half.
R. van Persie
Providing the perfect foil for Rooney, Van Persie is unplayable when he fancies it, and today was one of those games. He took his goal coolly which set the tone for the afternoon, while the magical run during his assist for Rooney's finish showed why Sir Alex felt it necessary to bring him to Old Trafford in the summer.
Mignolet was let down badly by his back four particularly for the United goals. He did make some smart stops and dealt with balls into the box soundly.
Cuellar's refusal to track Tom Cleverley for the second goal was absolutely criminal and he never looked at ease with Ashley Young running at him.
Not a happy return to Old Trafford for O'Shea. It was his awful attempted clearance that allowed Robin van Persie to score the opener.
Sunderland missed Danny Rose. Not because he would have changed the scoreline, but because it would have meant Titus Bramble was nowhere near centre-half. He was dreadful throughout, positionally unaware, and gave the ball away at regular intervals.
Another display in a Sunderland shirt where you are struggling to think of too many things Johnson did right. He lacks the confidence and pace to beat a man, while his crossing from deep leaves a lot to be desired. Does not look like it is going to work out for him.
Colback is, simply put, not a left-back. But needs must today and he performed admirably against Antonio Valencia. The problem came when Phil Jones decided to run beyond the winger and Colback looked hapless, although through no fault of his own.
Has the physique and tenacity to play in the middle of midfield, and that is what he did to good effect in the second half after receiving no joy against Phil Jones from wide. Should have done better when clean through against David De Gea when the score was 2-0.
When the going gets tough, Sessegnon goes missing. When playing in the hole behind the striker, he was easily shepherded and from wide rarely made an attempt to pull Patrice Evra out of position.
Larsson cut a frustrated figure in the middle of midfield. Sunderland failed to get him on the ball enough. Also had an amusing ongoing battle with the home support as he continuously failed to place the ball correctly at corners.
Made an effort to stamp his authority on the game by crunching into Phil Jones early on, but Gardner was left chasing shadows for the most part, such was United's quick passing in midfield.
Fletcher was completely isolated as the lone striker before being taken off at half-time. Although he scored in midweek, his early season touch seems to now be deserting him, but was not given a sniff in this one.
Old Trafford roared when Vidic was introduced in the 67th minute for his first action since suffering injury in September. He will be pleased for the minutes and had to be resolute in the final 15.
As expected, Scholes kept United ticking over in possession, but his introduction allowed Sunderland to get a foothold in midfield and that will be a continuing worry for Ferguson.
Wickham gave the Black Cats a new dimension as a half-time substitute, proving a real handful for Chris Smalling and perhaps unlucky not to have scored during a spell where he caused all manner of problems.
Made an immediate impact by scoring minutes after coming off the bench and looked dangerous from wide.