His insecurity over cross balls remains his Achilles heel, as evidenced by two deliveries in the first half that failed to find the safety of his gloves. Cardiff failed to suitably pressurise him, however.
Is patently unsure whether his goalkeeper is going to come and claim crosses, as evidenced when he knocked the ball out of De Gea’s hands before half-time. Otherwise, relatively untroubled by the Cardiff attack.
Lovely reverse ball created a chance that Van Persie should have probably converted, and dealt with the tricky Noone relatively well.
Energetic and has the right intent but unfortunately lacks the finesse at times, as evidenced by a 10-yard pass that was launched in the general direction of Van Persie. As a result, content to let Giggs do most of the heavy lifting.
Not involved to any degree in the first half, but got forward more as the game went on, assisting Valencia in providing a difficult evening for Declan John.
Turned all too easily by Campbell in the first half, but to his credit had the pace to recover the situation. Looks more comfortable playing inside as opposed to full-back.
Provided an excellent delivery that led to Van Persie netting the opening goal, Missed a chance to make it 2-0 but then duly obliged in the second half, lashing home an impressive shot from the edge of the area.
Smashed a header against the crossbar that led to Van Persie’s opening goal and got better as the match progressed. Smashed a shot that Marshall brilliantly pushed onto the post.
Still pulling the strings for United even at his advanced age, he at least attempted to inject some life into proceedings, even if his decision making was slightly askew. Replaced by Cleverley.
Will only have met his team-mates in the last few days, and it showed, as he remained on the edge of the action for much of the contest. Still finding his way, but that will come with time.
R. van Persie
Eleven games out but the Dutchman needed just six minutes to announce his return, nodding home from close range after Marshall denied him initially. Not fully fit yet, but a positive step toward his best.
Unfortunate to see Van Persie convert the opener after a point-blank save had initially denied the Dutchman, and helpless for Young's second. Brilliant save to deny Valencia.
Had a more difficult evening than his defensive colleague, struggling on the ball and with Van Persie, and was eventually replaced.
Marauded forward to aid Noone whenever he could. One teasing cross in the first half almost found the head of Campbell.
Valencia got in behind him to help create the first goal, but wasn't overly fazed by Van Persie, doing his best to marshall the striker.
Showed his usual determination in some meaty exchanges with Jones, but should have taken more advantage of his intimidation of the Man Utd man.
Not involved in the contest whatsoever, and was the first player to depart, subbed early in the second half.
Neat and tidy on the ball, but never exerted any influence over Jones and Giggs, and in the end couldn't impact the match.
Oozing confidence at the moment, and took as many opportunities as possible to give Evra a difficult evening, but it didn’t quite come together for him as it did against Man City 10 days ago.
The left-back had a difficult evening against Valencia, finding himself isolated one-on-one too often and his side could have conceded more goals from his side of the pitch.
Worked tirelessly to hold the ball up and gain territory for his team, but aside for one neat piece of skill to evade Smalling his efforts were largely in vain.
The veteran looked lively at times but didn't get at Rafael anywhere near enough and had little impact.