Was sturdy in between the sticks for United making a couple of stops but his distribution wasn't great. Has clearly improved his all round keeping but needs to work on his kicking big time.
Provided plenty of support throughout for Antonio Valencia, which made it a bit of a nightmare for Eric Lichaj to try and cover both of them.
Didn’t get forward with quite the same gusto as Rafael on the opposite flank but did provide some support for Ashley Young. Wasn’t required to do too much defending.
Didn’t really have a great deal to do at the back for United, such was the dearth of attacking threat that Aston Villa posed.
Was solid enough and even had time to venture forward a couple of times and conjured an assist in the closing stages after Sir Alex Ferguson called him one of the Premier League’s best defenders in his programme notes.
Was the heartbeat of the United team as he has been so often since his return to the team in January. A true class act.
The Premier League’s in-form winger was given far too much space on the right hand side, thanks mainly to the support of Rafael. Played some neat one-twos but wasn’t able to do too much to influence the game majorly.
Was effective in the engine room of Manchester United's midfield and a calming influence alongside Paul Scholes. Has been an unsung hero all season long.
Won his eighth penalty since the start of the 2009-10 season with a convincing star dive. There appeared to be minimal contact with Ciaran Clark, which he accentuated to ensure a penalty was given.
Scored the opening goal for his 15th penalty for United but cut an increasingly frustrated figure before scoring the third towards the end of the game.
Has managed to form a very good partnership up front with Rooney for United, so much so that he has been preferred to Javier Hernandez, which is some statement. Three goals on the day between the pair is testament to the burgeoning relationship.
Wasn't at fault for any of the Manchester United goals and was always going to be conceding with the team holding such a deep defensive line.
Had an equally bad time of it for the Manchester United second goal. Like James Collins, Baker should have cut out the ball but rather meekly allowed the England striker to get on the end of it at the back post.
Struggled to get close enough to Antonio Valencia and allowed the league’s in form winger far too much room with which to work in.
Inexplicably left the ball in his own area when the ball was played across for the waiting Danny Welbeck to mop up the goal.
Was the unfortunate player to have a rather soft penalty given against him in the opening moments. Though, if you stick your leg out in the area players will go over it.
Gave Ashley Young far too much space and virtually gave him a free reign on the left hand side. Wasn’t able to help support the team going forward either and was a little fortunate to receive only a yellow for a clattering challenge on the winger.
Didn’t get on to the ball as much as Alex McLeish would have wanted and wasn’t able to provide any help in terms of support for Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Another youngster that struggled at Old Trafford. he couldn't get on to the ball enough and when he did he was too wasteful in possession.
Seemed a little isolated on the right hand side and perhaps would have been influential in the middle of midfield. Though, the amount Villa had the ball it probably wouldn't have mattered.
Was the definition of a lone striker for large parts of the match. Villa can’t expect to geet much from games if their striker is at least 30 yards away from every other player. Worked his socks off but to no avail.
Had a good chance in the opening moments of the game but couldn’t beat David De Gea. Was busy whenever he got the ball but got increasingly frustrated with a lack of help from his teammates.
- 40 B. Amos
- 4 P. Jones
- 11 R. Giggs
Came on for Young midway through the second half but didn't enjoy quite as much freedom as the England man. Clearly still feeling his way back from injury. Took his goal well in the dying embers of the game.
Another player tentatively coming back from injury and continued the good work of Paul Scholes after replacing him.
- 14 J. Hernández
Surprisingly didn't score after coming on to replace Wayne Rooney. The Bulgarian has a great goalscoring record this season despite seeing very little action. Couldn't add to that today.
- 22 B. Guzan
- 24 Carlos Cuéllar
Was brought on with less than ten minutes to go and cut a moody figure throughout.
Didn't realise the youngster was on the pitch until the end of the game, which shows the impact he had on the game.
- 35 D. Johnson
Came on for the injured Ciaran Clark and had a similar effect to the defender, though didn't give a penalty away. How far he has fallen.
- 14 N. Delfouneso