E. van der Sar
A solid evening for the Dutchman the day after his 40th birthday. World class save to his left to deny Modric an equaliser and used all his experience to close the angle on Bale.
Composed performance from the England captain as he made some important defensive interceptions, particularly in reading crosses from the wide areas. Nearly caught out by Bale in the first-half.
Struggled early on as Lennon ran at him but grew in confidence and was helped out by Park in front of him. The Frenchman appeared to have the beating of Hutton on the rare occasions he ventured forward.
Bullied Spurs' lone striker Robbie Keane and gobbled up almost everything thrown at him in the air. Made the difference at the other end of the pitch with a well-timed run and aggressive header to open the scoring.
Playing with the attitude of someone at the top of their game and was involved in a gripping battle with Assou-Ekotto. Always looked to make something happen with dribbles, crosses and shots. Not his best game of the season but great delivery for Vidic's header and added the controversial second.
Set the tempo for a breakneck first 20 minutes as he stormed all over the pitch but could not get to grips with Modric as the game settled, forcing Ferguson to change his formation.
Back to form following his midweek goal against Wolves, the South Korean star was one of the hosts' most potent attacking threats. Hit the post with low rasper after just one minute and then fired over the crossbar after junking into the penalty area.
Composed performance in front of the back four from the England midfielder, who grew into the game after losing Van der Vaart a couple of times early on.
A lively performance from the in-form Mexican but he was restricted to just one real goalscoring opportunity. His stock at Old Trafford at the moment was highlighted when he stayed on the pitch when Ferguson shifted his formation to playing with a lone striker.
A quiet display from the Bulgarian against his old club, whose supporters taunted with chants of 'what a waste of money'. Replaced by Scholes in the 64th minute as United looked to see the game out.
Made some good saves as United peppered his goal from range but his evening was marred by his involvement in the hosts' second, when he presented Nani with an empty net as he thought Spurs had been awarded a free-kick. Unfortunate, yes, but he should have checked with the officials.
Dominated aerial balls played towards Berbatov but committed himself to challenges too early and too often. One such tackle on Hernandez earned him a yellow card.
A decent performance from the Scot but his touch seemed to desert him at vital moments when in attacking positions. Was given a difficult afternoon as Park gave him barely a second to relax on the ball.
Involved in intriguing battle with Nani which he eventually lost as the Portuguese flyer played a part in both goals. Poor effort to head the ball away in the build-up to the first United goal.
Strapping on right leg suggested injury but the French defender was an assured presence at the back for the visitors. Booked in 17th minute for foul on Hernandez.
Well handled by Rafael early on and only once did he threaten to re-produce his San Siro magic with a solo run and right-footed shot that crept just wide. Shackled out of proceedings and unable to pose a real danger as United got bodies around him at every opportunity.
Paul Scholes may not have started but there was another little master on the pitch as the Croatian dictated the midfield for the visitors. Superb running, movement and passing and nearly scored with a driven half-volley that Van der Sar saved athletically.
R. van der Vaart
Rattled the post with vicious strike from 20 yards that had compatriot Van der Sar beaten and always looked a danger when he picked the ball up in pocket of space, particularly in the first-half. Muscle injury which forced him off for Crouch in the 77th minute will be a real worry for Spurs fans.
Lively start to the game as he ran at Evra but could not produce killer final ball and faded to anonymity in the latter stages when he side needed pace and drive from the flanks.
Good first-half performance but was unable to influence Spurs in an attacking sense as the pace of the game slowed down. Caught ball watching twice as United counter-attacked.
Handed a rare and surprising start be Redknapp but never posed any goal threat at all. Some good moments of link-up play but was replaced by Pavlyuchenko in the 62nd minute as the visitors went looking for a way back into the match.
- 23 C. Cudicini
- 19 S. Bassong
- 21 N. Kranjčar
- 30 Sandro
Replaced Jenas in 66th minute and added some energy to the Spurs midfield.
Barely touched the ball after replacing Van der Vaart in the 77th minute.
A bright performance after coming on as a 62nd minute replacement for Keane but still far from the top class striker Tottenham need for their top four push. Had a couple of pot-shots that went close, in particular one that deflected just wide off Rio Ferdinand.