CHELSEA

Petr Cech 6 Could do nothing about the goal due to Rooney's precise finish and was an onlooker for long passages as his colleagues attacked

José Bosingwa 5 Foraged down his flank and had the beating of Evra for pace but should have anticipated Giggs playing in Rooney for the goal

Branislav Ivanovic 5 Covered one Valencia cross well after Terry was pulled out wide to close down the attacker. His was a solid display

John Terry 6 Captain made impressive sortie into United area but might he have picked up Rooney before the striker struck in the first half?

Ashley Cole 7 Turned in yet another of his regulation reliable performances and was still looking to attack as the game moved into latter stages

Ramires 6 Stepped on Rooney and then should have equalised from a Drogba cross. Was booked for a clumsy tackle on Evra in 60th minute

Frank Lampard 7 Struggled to influence contest at first and was needed more in defence as United dominated, but then was unlucky not to equalise

Michael Essien 7 Left an early boot on Rooney, then gave away a needless corner. Gradually his muscle and determination became a factor. Booked

Yuri Zhirkov 6 Rare start for the Russian, who was booked for karate kick on Hernández. Replaced by Malouda after fading from game

Didier Drogba 6 Skied one shot before a blistering effort on the angle was gloved over by Van der Sar. Went close with an overhead. Substituted

Fernando Torres 7 Encouraging. Must wonder if he will ever score again after hitting post with neat sidefoot, then seeing Van der Sar save a header

Substitutes

Florent Malouda (for Zhirkov, 71) 6

Nicolas Anelka (for Drogba, 71) 6

Mikel John Obi (for Bosingwa, 78) 6

Subs not used Turnbull, Benayoun, Ferreira, Kalou

MANCHESTER UNITED

Edwin van der Sar 7 Tipped over Drogba's shot and was saved by Evra's goal-line clearance of Torres's flick before a superb block of the Spaniard's header

Rafael da Silva 6 Carried off injured to continue Champions League misery at this stage: last year he saw red against Bayern Munich, in the second leg

Rio Ferdinand 7 Calm on first appearance for two months because of a calf injury, he began with a sharp clearance before Torres could connect

Nemanja Vidic 7 Assured. With his defensive sidekick restored the Serb nullified Drogba in a United rearguard that was generally very solid

Patrice Evra 7 Ceded possession with one sloppy pass but defensive instinct allowed him to clear off the line from Lampard. Went forward when possible

Antonio Valencia 7 Classy display from the winger. As at the weekend against West Ham, he was a threat whenever in possession

Ryan Giggs 7 On this showing will go on to make a 1,000 United appearances. Asked to play central midfield, he set up his team's goal from the left

Michael Carrick 7 Impressive outing. Was able to thwart one Drogba surge, then his diagonal pass to Giggs for Rooney's goal was slide-rule perfect

Park Ji-sung 5 Preferred to Nani, he fluffed one chance to volley at goal from a Valencia cross, and later misplaced a pass. Substituted

Javier Hernández 6 Linked well with Rooney inside Chelsea area and might have connected with strike partner's pass to grab invaluable second for team

Wayne Rooney 8 Clipped by Essien before finishing a sweet move to presage a more modest celebration than Saturday's. Created chance for Hernández

Substitutes

Nani (for Rafael, 51) 6

Dimitar Berbatov (for Hernández, 78) 6

Chris Smalling (for Park, 90) n/a

Subs not used Kuszczak, Scholes, Evans, Gibson

Referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spa)