Date: 17th December 2007 at 1:28pm
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Tevez scored the winner, Anderson took Gerrard off the park, Rio and Vidic were unpenetrable – who was the best?

Edwin van der Sar: The Dutchman was uncharacteristically shaky, two bad decisions in the first half could have cost us the game. Rarely tested though. 5

Wes Brown: He was responsible for Liverpool’s best chance of the second half when he headed the ball into Babel’s path. Looked shaky and fell for the poorest tricks and dribbles. Yet he kept going and made a number of key clearances. 6

Rio Ferdinand: Magnificent, immovable, rock-solid. He kept Fernando Torres quiet for 90 minutes and was equal to everything Liverpool threw at him. 9

Nemanja Vidic: He was as reliable and dependable as ever and only gets lower marks than Rio because his adversary, Kuyt is of poor quality. 8

Patrice Evra: Clearly dominated Benayoun, he even had time to get forward and offer an attacking threat. Great clearances, even good headers and fine tackles. 8

Anderson: This guy is bloody brilliant. Where did he learn to play central midfield with such effectivity? St. Steven of Liverpool barely had a good moment as the 19-year-old showed him how to play this game. 8

Owen Hargreaves: Had a really good game. Fought for every ball, his tackles were of high quality but his passing sometimes let him down a bit. 7

Cristiano Ronaldo: After his brilliant impact at the Emirates and his showings in the Champions League, it’s very disappointing that apart from one incisive pass to Rooney, he did not turn up. 5

Ryan Giggs: He was a bit lost as the studs were shown and tackles were flying in from every direction. These extremely physical contests hardly show Giggs at his best. 6

Wayne Rooney: Held up the ball well and his mis-hit shot led to the goal but he really should have scored ten minutes from time, a player of his quality should never miss chances like these. 6

Carlos Tevez: Intelligently sat back to get the ball for himself and his pace and trickery made it difficult for Liverpool. Great piece of finishing but tired after 65-70 minutes. 7

Michael Carrick: Should have been brought in earlier for a far more comfortable win. His clearances and passes were intelligent and usually found a team-mate. 7

John O’Shea: No impact.