Had little to do as Liverpool controlled the game and was unlucky to see Van Persie's penalty fly in off a strong hand.
Faced an onslaught in the second half but dealt with it well. Looked less shaky than he has at times earlier this season.
Picked ahead of Jose Enrique because of his reliability in comparison to the Spaniard and did not let his manager down.
Had been imperious before making a woeful error to let Valencia in to win a penalty. The injury which took him out of the game after that simply compounded an awful 60 seconds for the Dane.
Controlled the left flank brilliantly. Didn't give Valencia an inch and looked threatening every time he entered the opposition half. Made the foolish decision to dive in on the Ecuadorian late on in the box, though, which handed a penalty to United.
Much improved on his other displays this season and capped his performance with a brilliantly taken left-footed strike. His point to the sky afterwards was also a fitting tribute.
An awful performance. Failed to get the right side of Carrick going either way and then got himself sent off with a foolish challenge.
Did not look phased by the opposition or the weight of the game. As threatening as ever down the right-hand side. Unfortunate to be subbed as Liverpool looked to regain control in the middle.
Helped the Reds dominate in midfield prior to Shelvey's red card and carried on in much the same vein afterwards. Rarely gave it away.
Struggled to make an impact even as Liverpool dominated and was rightly subbed at half-time.
Given far too much space by the United defenders and subsequently took advantage with a typically tricky performance.
Made an early error which could have cost a goal but balanced that out with a fantastic save from a deflected Suarez shot in the second period.
Ensured Borini could have no impact down his flank and took his goal beautifully. Full of energy throughout.
A mixed day for the Frenchman. Looked off the pace when threatened by Sterling but did make some decent interceptions.
Is proving an adequate replacement for Vidic during the Serbian's regular injury absences. As solid as ever here but perhaps fortunate that Shelvey reached the ball before him to cover his own dangerous challenge.
Looked to be struggling with an injury early on but recovered to ensure Suarez's tricky dribbles did not result in anything more serious.
A calming infuence in the middle but looked every one of his 38 years in the first half as he and Carrick were run ragged.
Struggled to get into the game as United's midfield was dominated and was shackled brilliantly by Glen Johnson. However, his alertness allowed him to steal the ball ahead of Daniel Agger and win a crucial penalty.
Part of a midfield which was bossed out of the game in the first half. Hard to judge his subsequent improvement given it came against ten men.
Endured a difficult introduction to English football's biggest game. Never looked untidy but struggled to truly get into things. Neat chest pass set up Rafael in his only contribution of note.
Rightly subbed at half-time after an ineffectual performance out wide.
R. van Persie
A peripheral figure for much of the match, feeding on the scraps handed to him up top. Took his moment brilliantly when called upon though, slotting a powerful penalty beyond Reina.