Could do little about Fulham's opener and produced two world class saves to keep the Cottagers out before half-time. However, he ruined all his good work with a poor error which allowed Fulham back into the game.
Showcased both sides of his game at Old Trafford. Devastating in attack - as evidenced by his well-taken header - but occasionally asleep in defence.
Had been pulled out of position several times and showed poor communication in going for a ball which eventually went in off his heel.
Kept Damien Duff quiet from wide, forcing the Irishman to move to central positions in search of the ball. Provided an assist for Van Persie's goal.
Showed real intelligence in playing the ball from deep and held his position as United's attackers ran riot.
Can occasionally frustrate but always gave the hosts width and put the ball on a plate for Rafael.
Can be frustrating with his decision making and proved here that he is still some way from becoming United's first-choice central midfielder.
Never truly tested as much as he might have been at centre-half with United dominating the game.
A livewire in the United midfield. Always available for the ball and made the right choices over and over, including holding his position to hand himself a tap-in goal. What a talent the Red Devils have on their hands.
His crossing threat is well documented and he evidenced it time and again here, giving Briggs an incredibly uncomfortable afternoon.
R. van Persie
Did not get as many touches as he might have liked in the build-up but showed his ruthless finishing ability with an incredible goal to get his side back into it.
An amazed spectator as Robin van Persie curled beautifully beyond him to open United's account. However, might have done better with subsequent goals as he struggled to keep hold of the ball.
Had the type of afternoon which full-backs so often face at Old Trafford. Run ragged by Young and Evra on his side.
The inexperienced full-back was often targeted by the hosts and failed to deal with the threat of Valencia.
Much like his partner at centre-half, the defender had little answer to United's movement. Improved in the second half though, as did Fulham.
Dealt with aerial balls admirably but looked far more threatened when the Red Devils, as they so often do, passed the ball at will.
Poor in the first half but showed increasing influence in the second. Saw his shot brilliantly saved after a clever run in the box.
Present in the team to give his side bite in the middle and completely failed to do that as the Cottagers were overrun.
Looked threatening when given the ball but was let down by his side's lack of control in midfield.
Too sloppy when taking up good positions but provided the clever free-kick which gaved Fulham their first goal.
A passenger without the ball but a real threat with it. His run and finish for the opening goal showed real intelligence.
Looked so threatening in the opening exchanges and earned the free-kick which allowed his side to score first. Should have done much better with a chance from close range late in the first half.