Date: 17th February 2008 at 10:02am
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Edwin van der Sar: Could have completed this game in a wheelchair, blinded with one of his hands tied back. 6

Wes Brown: He marked Hleb out of the game and had the strength to come forward as well. One of his best games of the season. 7

Rio Ferdinand: Put his derby nightmare behind him. Not much to do though, headed away Arsenal’s aimless long balls easily. 6

Nemanja Vidic: Easy afternoon for the big Serbian. Did not put a foot wrong but the midfield stopped most of the Arsenal attacks. 6

Patrice Evra: Absolutely brilliant yet again. Never lost the ball, his first touch did not let him down on a single occasion, full of running, great passing, precise tackling… everything was as it should be. 8

Ji-sung Park: Not bad, his pace caused trouble for Arsenal but poor first touch deprived him of two scoring chances and did not make the most of the great passes he received. 6

Darren Fletcher: Incredible. He last started a game on December 29 at West Ham but he grasped his opportunity. Dynamic, full of running, tackled, passed the ball very well. He played like Roy Keane did in Turin… and he scored two! 9

Michael Carrick: His passing was wonderful, his intelligent positioning resulted in countless interceptions. Brilliant assist to Nani, a magnificent performance all round. 8

Luis Nani: Unbelievable. He stepped out of Ronaldo’s shadow for the first time this season and boy he did it in style! Hoyte and Traore were made to look like Sunday League players and his crosses never failed to found a United man – his crossing is much, much better than Ronaldo’s. Cool finish with the goal, keepy-uppies at the end, squared to Gallas courageously – he can be a big, big player for us. 9

Anderson: This boy is the genuine big thing. Very strong (remember him holding off Toure for almost a minute at the corner flag?), incredibly gifted technically (brought the ball out of impossible situations and created space), very quick and a great reader of the game. Fantastic, brilliant, if the coaching team do not screw up something badly he will end up as one of the very finest players of the world. 9

Wayne Rooney: Profligate finishing once again but scored the all important first goal. He just can’t fail to score against the gooners and it makes him even more adorable. They couldn’t live with him, his strength, movement and positioning were clearly too good for Gallas and Toure. Should have scored more but for his own bad finishing and Jens Lehmann who had a very good game. 9

Paul Scholes: He applaused Anderson with a friendly smile on his face then went on to produce efficient passing when the game was already over. 7

Louis Saha: Slotted into the one-touch football easily but missed two good chances to add a fifth United goal. Some good passes and he still has pace. 7