The Dane was handed a start and looked comfortable when called upon. Solid handling and decent distribution.
The defender has been asked to change his game by the manager and he looked far more comfortable back alongside Vidic. Strong positional play although he didn't always win aerial challenges against Bendtner.
Handled Sessegnon with little bother and was always itching to support the attack. Clever ball to Nani created a good chance at the end of the first half.
Another commanding performance from the United captain as the Red Devils kept their fourth clean sheet in a row since their Manchester derby debacle. Dominant in the air snapped into tackles.
The French full-back produced a solid display, getting the better of Larsson despite being sucked infield once early on. Forced a superb save from Westwood in the second-half.
The Scot provided an efficient foil for Rooney, screening the United back four and playing short, simple passes.
A busy performance in central midfield. Tended to delay a little too long on the ball but was much better in the second half in an attacking sense.
The Portuguese winger looked the most likely man to provide a spark for the hosts for much of the game and grew in confidence. Forced Westwood into action with a sharp shot before delivering the corner from which United took the lead.
The Mexican buzzed away and was full of movement - but he looks to still be lacking half a yard of sharpness. Mishit two shots from good positions inside the box and saw a header cleared by Keiran Richardson.
Continued in central midfield, and he certainly looked comfortable in the role as played clever passes and showed good defensive awareness. The problem for United was that they missed their best striker's influence in the final third.
Struggled to make a real impact against the club where he spent last season on loan. Made some intelligent runs but his touch seemed to desert him.
An impressive performance from the young goalkeeper on his second Premier League appearance. Superb double save in the second-half to deny Rooney and then Evra.
The United old boy had little real impact on the game. Comfortable enough defensively but rarely ventured forward.
Showed excellent heading ability and anticipation at the heart of the Sunderland defence.
Had a nightmare return to Old Trafford as headed Nani's corner into his own net in the second minute of added time at the end of the first half.
Injured after a clash of heads in the first half but was generally solid against the pace and trickery of Nani. Did well to head Hernandez's corner off the line.
Never looked comfortable on the left side of midfield and lacked his usual movement and skill. Replaced by El Mohamady in the 76th minute.
Struggled to have a real impact on the game despite some tidy passing in central midfield. Replaced by Meyler in the 76th minute.
The Swedish midfielder flitted in and out of the game but was a threat for the visitors. Had an effort deflected into the side netting, provided the cross for the non-penalty and played an excellent ball across the six-yard box that Bendtner couldn't quite reach.
The tenacious midfielder seemed to play a little within himself but made sure to get close to Rooney to prevent United's star man from pulling the strings.
Substituted in the fourth minute after going over on his ankle as he challenged Ferdinand. Looked in real pain as he was taken off on a stretcher.
Showed good touch and awareness as the loan striker for the visitors. Placed shot from the edge of the box in the first-half was scrambled away by Lindegaard and nearly got on the end of a Larsson cross late on.
- 24 T. Carson
- 42 J. Egan
- 8 C. Gardner
Came on for Colback in the 76th minute and his most notable involvement was a rash challenge on Rooney.
Ahmed El Mohamady
Replaced Sessegnon in the 76th minute and demanded the ball without doing much with it.
- 23 J. McClean
Posed little threat in midfield but looked much better once he joined Bendtner up front. Made a nuisance of himself in the incident that nearly saw Sunderland awarded a penalty.