A bizarre afternoon for the veteran 'keeper. Had little to do but fished the ball out of his net three times. Could perhaps have been more proactive in preventing Young's corner getting to Rooney.
Another off day for the big Frenchman. Won his share of aerial duels but his decision-making was patchy and should have done more for Young's first goal.
Young exposed the right back's inexperience by twice eluding his marker to score two excellent goals.
The most comfortable of Spurs' defenders. Handled Nani adeptly and nearly added to his cult status with some fine long-range shots.
Read the game superbly at times but looked leggy and off the pace at others. Is this finally the beginning of the end for the Spurs skipper?
Began in authoritative fashion but by the time he was subbed after 79 minutes, looked as demoralized and beaten as anyone in lilywhite.
Refused to be intimidated by the reputations of Carrick, Scholes and Giggs and threw himself energetically into the challenge of standing in for Scott Parker. Made some crucial interceptions and drew a fabulous second-half save out of De Gea with a fizzing shot from the edge of the box.
In the absence of the unavailable Bale, the Croatian moved out wide to the left but looked a square peg in a round hole and was unable to influence proceedings like he normally does.
Made a series of electric bursts early on but did not build upon this promise and faded as the game progressed. Subbed late on.
His old-school partnership with Adebayor has had its moments over the last month but this was an examination the former United striker never looked like passing.
The most impressive Tottenham attacker on display. Led the line well and brilliantly backheeled a volley into the goal only to see it ruled out for handball.
Enhanced his reputation for wonderfully athletic shot-stopping by making a blinding save from Jake Livermore early in the second half after a fine first-half parry from Adebayor. But his goal kicks were weak and did not totally command his box.
Made some excellent interceptions as he showed that a sharp mind can still compensate for ailing legs.
Gutsy, athletic display at right back but switched off on a few occasions, one of which drew the mother of all ear bashings from Ferdinand.
Following the horrors of last season, the Irishman's rehabilitation is surely now complete. Once again United's outstanding defender as he negated the threat of Adebayor and Saha by reading the game superbly
Troubled by Lennon's pace in the early minutes but settled down and kept a tight leash on the winger.
Anchored the midfield intelligently and with minimum fuss against his former employers.
A solid hour from the United veteran, if not a particularly vibrant one. Nevertheless, his maturity and nous was key to the visitors keeping cool when Spurs were in control.
Got a ticking-off from Scholes early on for failing to read a pass and looked a little lost in the first half on the left wing. But won the match with his contribution either side of the break, setting up Rooney for the United first, volleying in the second and striking brilliantly into the top corner from distance for the third.
Virtually anonymous on the right flank for the first hour but grew in influence as United dominated and sent over some menacing crosses.
Energy, commitment and a fine headed goal by the United talisman, if not a standout performance, as he struggled to be involved for long periods.
Strong and velvet of touch outside of the box but a negligible threat inside it, Welbeck provided an important release ball for United's midfielders.
- 33 R. Nelsen
- 23 C. Cudicini
- 20 M. Dawson
Replaced Lennon late on
Cut a disinterested figure for the last 11 minutes on the two flanks.
- 17 G. dos Santos
Pulled one back for Spurs in the 87th minute with a long-range drive after pouncing on a loose back pass by Giggs.
- 40 B. Amos
- 20 Fábio
Helped United slow down the game and hold on to its lead for the last 11 minutes after replacing Nani.
- 8 Anderson
Seamlessly took over from Scholes after an hour as he ensured United did not let their grip on midfield weaken although he will be furious with himself for the careless back-pass that set up Defoe for the Spurs goal.
- 14 J. Hernández