Besides Rooney's goal, he didn't have much to do in terms of shot stopping. He was, however, called on to race from his line on more than one occasion as Manchester United pumped long balls forward, which he did to good effect.
Deputised at centre-back after Puyol was deemed unable to start the match. He is no stranger to the role, having filled in there in recent months and looked as if he was playing in his natural position as he snuffed out opposition attacks.
Was stifled by Park in the first 10 minutes, but began to find space as the first half wore on and was involved in some of his side's better moves down the right. Drew a fine save from Van der Sar in the 52nd minute.
The former Manchester United defender was calm and assured as he dealt with everything his old team threw at him.
Capped an amazing recovery from surgery on a liver tumour as recently as March by securing a Champions League final starting place. A competent and assured display at left-back.
Anchored the Catalan midfield and controlled the game from his deep position. Full of neat touches and simple yet effective passes. He also pushed the ball to Villa for the clinching third goal.
Will be credited with an assist after providing Messi with the ball for his goal, although the pass was a simple one. Stung Van der Sar's palms with a powerful drive in the 39th minute and buzzed around prompting and probing. An important player in his side's second half dominance.
Opened the scoring when he found space on the right, accepted Xavi's pass before nonchalantly slotting past Van der Sar. Always a threat on the right of Barca's front three as he combined with Dani Alves.
Barcelona's metronome did what he does best as captain for the evening in Puyol's absence from the starting XI. The architect behind the opening goal when he found Pedro with a delightful pass with the outside of his right boot. Was particularly influential in the first half.
The Fifa Ballon d'Or winner rounded off a sensational 2010-11 campaign by scoring his 53rd goal in all competitions when he drove into space afforded him and fired off a low drive which evaded Van der Sar's grasp. Tormented United over the course of the 90 minutes.
Scored the third with a sublime curling effort and also went close twice in the space of 60 seconds in the first half. Dovetailed neatly with Messi as they constantly threatened to cut through the United defence
E. van der Sar
After a distinguished 21-year career, the veteran goalkeeper bowed out at the very top. Couldn't be blamed for Pedro or Villa's goal, bit his position was suspect for Messi's drive. The score could have been higher but for a succession of second half saves.
Was unsure of who to mark at the opening goal. Initially tracked Pedro's run but then stepped out to mark Messi as Pedro drifted into the space behind him to score. Also went missing as Alves drifted into the box in the 52nd minute.
Another Manchester United player who closes down, works hard and offers 100 per cent effort. Did this throughout, but the opposition's dominance ensured he was never an attacking threat. Also had more than one slack moment on the ball.
Struggled to cope with Barcelona's neat yet incisive play in and around his side's box. He was never totally exposed, but neither was anywhere near as dominant as he can be in the Premier League.
Held off competition from his twin brother, Rafael, to secure the right-back berth. Made one important clearance off the line in the 65th minute, but was replaced shortly afterwards by Nani.
Made some strong blocks and interceptions, particularly one 22nd minute slide tackle which halted Messi in mid-flight and just as he was about to breeze into the box.
The South Korean was typically energetic in the first 10 minutes in which he snapped and snarled. Was never quite as effective afterwards.
The England man had a hugely important role as he was expected to fill the space in front of his defence in which Barcelona do most of their damage. However, he never managed to do this effectively, typified by a 61st minute booking for a foul on Iniesta and the fact there was little pressure at the second and third goals.
Put a controversial week behind him by playing a crucial part in his side's equaliser. Did superbly well to control Rooney's slightly high pass and then weight a perfect lay-off back into his path to score. There were other occasions, however, when he showed his age in the face of Barcelona's lightning passing exchanges.
'Chicharito' was virtually anonymous as his side barely managed to get forward in face of Barcelona dominance.
Worked a one-two with Ryan Giggs before dispatching beyond Valdes with aplomb to draw his side level in the 34th minute. Worked hard but struggled with a lack of service.
- 29 T. Kuszczak
- 12 C. Smalling
- 8 Anderson
Came on in the the 77th minute and tried to spark a comeback with passing from deep.
- 24 D. Fletcher
Replaced Fabio in the 69th minute. His miscontrol in the box gifted Pedro the ball and he passed to Villa to curl home the third. However, he was a little unfortunate as it was Carrick's poor pass inside that put him in trouble. Went close with an 85th minute strike.
- 7 M. Owen