Could do little about Welbeck's opener, and was untroubled for the rest of the half. Had very little else to do in the second half for a questionable punch from a corner.
Looked to get down the right flank at every opportunity but his crossing wasn't as accurate as usual and he lost battles with Welbeck. Also squandered a free kick with 25 minutes to go.
The defender made the costly slip to let Welbeck in for the opener. An unfortunate error, but he made amends with a fine block to deny Van Persie with 20 minutes remaining, and his run led to the equalizer.
The fullback pressed down the left flank well to try and overload Rafael, and was unlucky not to get an assist with a great ball five minutes after the restart. Got his reward by setting up Taison with 15 minutes remaining.
The center back was rarely troubled, although he struggled to deal with Van Persie's expert movement at times.
The Czech midfielder was always combative and left his mark on Evra in the second half, though he was yet another Shakhtar player that failed to really trouble United.
The midfielder was quiet despite Shakhtar seeing plenty of the ball in attacking areas as the first half wore on. He found more space and time in the second half, but failed to open up the visitors.
A strong presence in defensive midfield, he gave the more skilful players in the side the freedom to get forward, and battled well with Fellaini. Replaced by Ilsinho.
His quick feet were a menace to United but the visitors were able to read his passes fairly well. The Brazilian improved as the game wore on and finished with aplomb to level things up.
Showed real drive in early battles against Rafael, and did well to regain possession in forward areas, but was crowded out in his battles with Vidic.
The hosts' danger man saw plenty of the ball, but despite promising movement his first-half efforts were all disappointing given his talents.
David de Gea
The Spaniard had little to do other than distribute the ball effectively in the opening stages, though he bravely claimed a teasing cross in the second half.
His presence in the United back line gave the side structure and his leadership qualities cannot be underestimated on nights like these. The Serb was imperious in the air and on the deck, making block after block under pressure. Booked after being turned by Costa.
Showed good composure to intercept a Shakhtar counterattack 10 minutes in but lost possession needlessly while conceding silly fouls - a sin in European games.
A much-improved display from the Ecuadorian, who showed better defensive discipline than of late, while also being a thorn in the side of Shevchuk. His influence waned as the game went on, however.
The young defender stood strong at the back alongside Vidic and dealt with crosses well. Almost had a slip at the end of the first half and generally looked assured until the goal - though he definitely needed Vidic beside him.
The Brazilian had a real battle on the wing in his return to the team but threw himself about well.
Tasked with disrupting the scheming Shakhtar attacking midfielders, the Belgian also offered an offensive threat with his cross for Welbeck's opener. Was booked after repeated fouls, though, and was replaced by Giggs with 25 minutes to go.
A fine performance as he was restored to the starting XI after a quiet start to the season. His interceptions and calm distribution in the opening stages settled his side and gave them the composure they sorely lacked against West Brom.
The seasoned holding midfielder went about his work effectively - he was made for games like these. Held position well in the face of a second-half onslaught but offered little offensively.
Looked sharp from the beginning and showed good instincts to get to the ball first and net the opening goal. Also did extremely well covering for Evra down the left wing. Faded but showed increasing maturity.
R. van Persie
Restored to the team after frustrating injuries of late and went close with an early trademark effort. Denied a smart goal by a block in the second half. Overall, it was a quiet night for the Dutchman other than brief flashes of skill.