Dealt comfortably with Chelsea's long-range shooting and looks an increasingly confident figure in in the United goal.
Wholehearted display at right-back. Threw himself into every tackle and header, although his attacking raids were not as frequent as expected.
Sold in defence and threatening on the overlap. Looks a reborn figure at left-back.
Was left for dead by Schurrle's pace on one occasion but dealt comfortably with Chelsea's posse of attacking midfielders. Removed the ball with the minimum of fuss from Oscar in the 48th minute and made a string of key interceptions.
Probably could not believe his luck that he did not have to mark an out-and-out centre forward. His communication with Vidic was good enough to minimise alarms.
Showed how much United will rely on him this season with a canny display in front of the back four. Did not allow Chelsea's attacking midfielders time or space.
Steady rather than particularly effective. Took the easy option too often as the weight of the occasion appeared to curb his ambition.
Lacked conviction and his final ball was disappointing. Replaced by Young after 65 minutes.
R. van Persie
Fizzed with energy and menace but the chances did not fall his way. Shot into the side netting from a tight angle early on before sending a tricky header over the bar.
Got the nod to start on the left flank ahead of Giggs but looked more effective when he wandered into central areas. Sent two shots wildly over the bar early in the second half. Subbed with 12 minutes left.
Welcomed back like a prodigal son, with his name frequently and, perhaps uniquely, chanted by both sets of supporters. Looked eager, his work-rate was excellent and some of his second-half passing was top-drawer.
Would have expected to be more involved in such a demanding away fixture. Only had one save to make in the first 70 minutes and dealt comfortably with every high ball and long-range effort.
Chelsea's Mr Dependable was as solid as ever, drawing the sting from Welbeck and keeping Giggs quiet late on.
Both sides of Terry were on view; the outstanding reader of the game and the plodder whose lack of recovery pace is glaringly obvious.
Dominant in the air but occasionally his positioning let him down.
Booked in the 15th minute for a mistimed tackle on van Persie but it did not unsettle the experienced left-back. Made the most of a penalty claim in the second half when he was tugged back by Jones.
Dropped very deep at times to instigate attacks as Mourinho showed how much faith he has in the No.11 to orchestrate the play. Had Chelsea's two best first-half chances but both were dealt comfortably with by De Gea.
Anchored the midfield steadily on a night when he was clearly under strict instructions to keep his position and not bomb forward.
Looks to have noticeably bulked up this season but an otherwise anonymous display from the Belgian.
K. De Bruyne
Looks like he will not be in need of a razor any time soon but still managed to cut his face after clattering into Van Persie in the first half to earn himself a yellow. Otherwise, did little of note and was replaced by Torres after an hour.
No Makelele but his versatility and energy never cease to impress.
Surprisingly given the task of leading the line, the German was too isolated although he demonstrated a stunning burst of pace. Moved out to the right flank before he was subbed shortly before the end.