Dealt capably with everything that came his way. Maybe two important saves, one good and one fabulous, from Rooney.
Occasionally a little casual but kept Nani on a tight leash in a commanding display at left-back. His use of possession was also impressive.
Used all his experience and battle-hardened nous to keep Rooney, Berbatov et al relatively quiet.
Made some good runs forward and delivered the best cross of the match that Crouch was unable to finish. His positioning was occasionally sloppy but fought well.
Completely dominated in the air and was very safe on the ground on a day when defences dominated attacks. Looks a real leader at the heart of the Spurs back four.
The conductor of the Spurs orchestra was the best player on the pitch in the first half as he kept the hosts on the back foot with his outstanding touch and distribution. Quieter after the break but always kept the hosts ticking over.
R. van der Vaart
A quiet game from the White Hart Lane favourite. Drifted in and out of the action and his set-piece delivery was very disappointing.
The victim of a blatant two-footed challenge from Rafael in the first half, he put in a solid shift. But his long-range shooting prompted wails of despair from the Spurs fans. Subbed for Defoe late on.
Full of pace and verve early on when he saw plenty of the ball. But his crossing lacked direction and he rarely found his intended target.
Only took the breath away on a few occasions as United's double-marking plan worked a treat. His crossing was more haphazard than usual but he never stopped trying to conjure an opening.
Hit and miss display from the front man. Inches away from giving Spurs an early lead when he stole in front of Vidic at near post and side-footed a volley wide. Held the ball up reasonably well but was frequently too slow of foot and thought.
E. van der Sar
In his first start of 2011, he handled everything with aplomb. How sorely the Dutchman will be missed when he hangs up his gloves.
He says he wants to play until he is 40. On this evidence, he has the class but the body looks like it is giving up on him. Took a few knocks and was struggling to stay on his feet by the end but superbly resilient display.
The United skipper has held the defence together this season and was magnificent at the start of the first half when Spurs threw the kitchen sink at the visitors. Looked utterly impregnable.
Did not venture forward much and struggled to deal with Lennon's turbo-charged pace at times but his powers of recovery and positional intelligence papered over any cracks.
All arms, elbows and tireless energy. Typified United's never-say-die spirit.
Tidy without being especially influential. Went close to opening the scoring with a glancing header and made some important interceptions. Appeared as if he was going to be withdrawn for Scholes before Rafael's red card gave him a stay of execution.
Unable to shine as much as his luminous orange boots. Lakced any zip or confidence as his poor run continued. Withdrawn after an hour.
In his 600th Premier League appearance, the ageless wonder demonstrated much of the qualities he has shown in his previous 599 outings. Great touch, vision and desire and in the second half was often the United player who was furthest forward.
Ferguson said he had earned the opportunity to play in a big game on the road. But it was one of those days when the Bulgarian's classy casualness looked lazy rather than magnificent. Subbed with 13 minutes to go.
In his first game since New Year's Day, Rooney looked bright enough without being anywhere near his bulldozing best. After having United's only shots of the first half, he brought the best save of the match from Gomes with a fizzing long-ranger shortly after the break. Looked a little laboured after reverting to right midfield for the last half-hour when Anderson replaced Nani.