Date: 26th August 2008 at 6:31pm
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Edwin van der Sar: Made two good saves from stinging shots by Bouba Diop and Thomas and confident all night. 7

Wes Brown: He picked up himself after the disappointing performance against Newcastle and did very well, though he could have supported the attacks a bit more. 7

Rio Ferdinand: Cool, composed, radiated authority and presence. As usual. 7

Nemanja Vidic: Not cool but otherwise everything above. 7

Patrice Evra: Provided width on the left, worked well with Tevez and Rooney and provided the assist for Fletcher. 8

Darren Fletcher: He’s scoring for fun! Played very intelligently as always and capped his performance with a goal. 8

Paul Scholes: Neat passing but nothing special. Sometimes looked a bit lost between Portsmouth’s towering midfielders. 6

John O’Shea: Did his job: tackled a lot and kept things simple. He’s still not a central midfielder. 6

Anderson: A bit tired, obviously, but his reading of the game helped a lot in dominating the midfield battle. Should have scored but for a timely intervention by Distin. 7

Wayne Rooney: He appears to have taken Sir Alex’s words to heart and did not track back as often as usually. The result? More damage up front, he really should have scored after he brilliantly turned Kaboul but was unlucky, then he scored but it was wrongly ruled out. Good one. 7

Carlos Tevez: The little Argentinian maestro has put on another masterclass and he’s my Man of the Match. He was a constant thorn in the Pompey defence and they could not contain his movement and passing. He’ll thrive with Berbatov and Rooney. 8

Rodrigo Possebon: His 18-minute cameo was impressive. He has a knack for tackling with elegance and possess a great positioning sense. Oh, and there was some silky passing, too. 7