ANDERS LINDEGAARD: Back in the starting line-up for the first time in five months, the Dane stood up and saved well when tested by Oscar early on and seemed confident throughout. 6/10.
RAFAEL: Readily available to take up attacks on the right and made some important defensive interventions, but blotted his copybook with late red-card kick on Luiz. 5.
JONNY EVANS: A quietly efficient performance, standing up to Ba's physical threat and making a good block to deny Mata. 6.
NEMANJA VIDIC: Was a bit casual as Oscar made a dangerous early run but also dealt well with Ba. 6.
PATRICE EVRA: Keen to get forward when possible and shook off a knock to battle on in defence. 6.
ANTONIO VALENCIA: Featured little in the first half and showed little hunger to get involved until a powerful run from deep early in the second half. 5.
ANDERSON: Determined to get involved and make an impression, certainly cannot be faulted in terms of effort. 6.
PHIL JONES: Tried to keep a close eye on Mata and also made some good runs to worry Chelsea on the right. 8.
RYAN GIGGS: Was given space to operate and usually took advantage of it with most of his long-range passes finding their targets. 7.
TOM CLEVERLEY: An industrious performance, always snapping at the heels of Chelsea players, but made little impression in possession . 6.
ROBIN VAN PERSIE: Held up the ball well and looked to create opportunities when in possession, but he lacked service and looked isolated at times. 6.
ALEXANDER BUTTNER (for Cleverley, 68): Did not make an impression after his introduction. 5.
WAYNE ROONEY (for Anderson, 69): Quickly got involved in the thick of the action but was unable to make a decisive contribution. 6.
JAVIER HERNANDEZ (for Valencia, 90): Late introduction made no difference to the outcome.
PETR CECH: Had little difficulty dealing with United's shots and was usually alert and in the right place. 7.
CESAR AZPILICUETA: Supported attacks well and regularly looked to cross from the right without really threatening. 6.
BRANISLAV IVANOVIC: A confident performance at the heart of the defence but was not often extended. 6.
DAVID LUIZ: Looked composed in his defensive role and was given more licence to get forward as the game went on. 7.
ASHLEY COLE: Gave Rafael work to do in the first half but later went quiet. 6.
RAMIRES: Gave Chelsea some drive from midfield but was always prepared to sit back when required. 7.
FRANK LAMPARD: Not at his most influential and remains a goal short of equalling the Chelsea record, although one cross for Mata almost broke the deadlock. 6.
VICTOR MOSES: Looked like he could trouble United with his trickery and linked well with his team-mates. 7.
OSCAR: One of the visitors' most influential players, frequently running at the United defence and testing Lindegaard with a shot deflected onto the woodwork. 8.
JUAN MATA: Also in the mood to run at United, often coming deep to gain possession in order to do so and made up for missed header with the shot that led to the winner. 9.
DEMBA BA: Had a couple of early openings but his control let him down and he looked off the pace. 6.
FERNANDO TORRES (for Moses, 76): Gave Chelsea another option up front but did not particularly alter the game. 6.
NATHAN AKE (for Mata, 90): Made no impression.