By comparison with his opposite number today, the very model of infallibility. Looked assured and comfortable in everything he did.
After one poor early challenge on Bale, he settled down to deliver a controlled display. Far less of an attacking threat than usual, though.
Dealt comfortably with the threat of Lennon and made some fine raids forward.
Excellent display in his 500th appearance for the club. Dominant in the air and threw his body in the way of a number of goal-bound shots.
Had to resort to illegal challenges to stop Bale in his tracks but just about kept his head above water. Always a big threat at set pieces.
The victim of FIFA's failure to embrace goal-line technology at the World Cup, he was the beneficiary here with a speculative long-ranger that levelled the scores but did not cross the line. Made some excellent late runs and always a threat with his shoot-on-sight approach.
Started on fire as he initially continued his fine recent run but faded after the break. Subbed in the second half.
J. Obi Mikel
Much improved display in the anchorman role. Showed greater willingness to boss the midfield, win 50-50 balls and calmly start attacks.
Galvanised by his debut goal last weekend, he began brightly before fading and continually running into cul-de-sacs up front. Ancelotti made the right call by subbing the £50 million man with 30 minutes left.
Still the alpha striker at the Bridge. Belted one early free-kick against the bar and always looked like causing problems with his power, pace and long-range shooting. Showed his willingness to fight for the cause by being just as effective for the first hour in a floating role on the right of the attack.
Oh dear. Added another howler to his growing collection by allowing Lampard's speculative shot to ease wretchedly through his grasp and open up another debate about goal-line technology following the linesman's error. Has now made five errors leading to goals in the Premier League this season, a damning statistic.
Threw homself into some vital last-ditch interceptions and commanding in the air.
Excellent at right-back. His power and pace kept Malouda quiet and made an excellent tackle on Kalou as Chelsea pressed for the winner in the second-half. Was always on hand to supplement Spurs' attacks.
Used his experience and nous to shut out Chelsea's multi-faceted attack.
Filled in well at left-back in place of the injured Benoit Assou-Ekotto, although he offered little going forward. Injured late on and replaced by Piennar.
Outstanding display by the Croatian. Harried Chelsea all over the pitch and his vision and subtlety were integral to instigating attacks for his team. Again proved his appetite and aptitude for the big occasion.
Scored an unstoppable opener and was then given a lecture from his manager on the importance of maintaining his defensive midfield station. Could not get near the Chelsea midfield early on but settled down to more than hold his own in the central acres. Showed again he is a quick learner.
R. van der Vaart
Came into the game more after the break following a quiet first half but had to drop deep in search of possession and struggled to open up the hosts' defence.
Did not seem up for the battle of trying to out-do Cole. Treated his England colleague with too much respect.
Did not offer enough of a threat in the lone front man role. His touch and decision-making frequently let him down, much to the clear frustration of his colleagues. Withdrawn in the 58th minute.
Hit-and-miss display by the PFA's Player of the Year. Made some strong, surging runs before the break but also gave the ball away too frequently and his crossing sat-nav was a bit wobbly. Dropped to left-back for the last 10 minutes.
- 22 R. Turnbull
- 33 Alex
- 10 Y. Benayoun
Ensured the Old Trafford champagne will stay on ice with the match-winning goal.
Surprisingly omitted from the starting side, he brought greater energy to Chelsea's flagging midfield.
- 18 Y. Zhirkov
Played a big hand in the winner as he freshened up Chelsea's attacks.
- 23 C. Cudicini
- 25 D. Rose
- 19 S. Bassong
Helped shore up the Spurs midfield for the last five minutes.
Replaced the injured Corluka and took up Bale's left midfield station. Could not influence any Spurs attacks.
Had to content himself with long-range shots as he did not get the predatory opportunities he thrives on.
- 15 P. Crouch