Date: 30th March 2008 at 6:28pm
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Tomasz Kuszczak: Made a couple of decent saves to strengthen his claim to be Edwin’s deputy. 7

Wes Brown: Missed a good chance after a corner and troubled by Young. 6

Rio Ferdinand: Composed and assured as usual. 7

Nemanja Vidic: Had a bit of trouble with Carew and then Maloney but no crucial errors. He will up his game for Rome I’m sure. 6

Patrice Evra: Did his job with a minimum of fuss. 6

Paul Scholes: Not the brilliance he displayed against Liverpool but pulled the strings finely. 7

Michael Carrick: Another belter of a game. With a kind of quiet authority he asserted himself in midfield and provided the platform on which the attackers could excel. 8

Ryan Giggs: Much better than against Liverpool. Worked finely with Scholes and Carrick and supplied ammunition for the front three. Left the field early, hopefully not injured. 7

Carlos Tevez: His movement and technique caused grave problems for Villa’s tired defenders. Good finish after Ronaldo’s cross. 8

Cristiano Ronaldo: A wonderful, astonishing goal and three audacious assist. The George Best comparison is inevitable and deserved. 9

Wayne Rooney: Another brilliant performance and finally he’s got goals to show for it. Just like last season, he’s approaching the final weeks in blazing form. 9

Anderson: Replaced Carrick with half an hour to go and did the job very well. 7

Owen Hargreaves: Decent showing at right-back and allowed Rio to rest ahead of Rome. 6

John O’Shea: Slotted in finely after replacing Evra. 6