Thibaut Courtois 7.5/10 - The Belgian was an impenetrable wall for the vast majority of the game, and did his best to thwart United at the death with a superb save from Marouane Fellaini's header before Robin van Persie stuck in the rebound. Kept the Dutchman out on several occasions before that, and looks every inch one of the top goalkeepers around.
Branislav Ivanovic 6/10 - Ivanovic's lack of pace saw him outdone by Luke Shaw on the overlap few times. May feel hard done by not to have won a penalty, and he conceded the decisive free kick just outside the penalty area that saw him sent off and Di Maria cross for Van Persie's leveller.
John Terry 7/10 - The Chelsea captain helped marshall his defence for the majority of the game, even though he and Cahill suffered the odd difficulty, particularly in the first half.
Gary Cahill 7/10 - Very much the best central defender available for England now, and proved it again with another strong performance.
Felipe Luis 7/10 - Faced with the unenviable task of containing Di Maria, Luis did a decent enough job against a man he would have faced before in La Liga. Considering it was his first league start for Chelsea, the Brazilian should be more than happy.
Nemanja Matic 8/10 - Once again proved he is the Premier League's top defensive midfielder with an accomplished display. His duel with Fellaini was an interesting contest in the first half, but the Serb was on top in the second half as United struggled in the middle of the park until the final few minutes.
Cesc Fabregas 6.5/10 - Wasn't able to influence proceedings as much as in recent weeks, but still provided the cross for Drogba to score the opener, Fabregas's eighth assist of the season.
Willian 6.5/10 - Willian was as committed as usual with his defensive work, making it clear why Mourinho values him so highly. Had one long range effort that De Gea had to save.
Oscar 6.5/10 - Like Willian, was full of running and pressing, even if he did fail to threaten offensively.
Eden Hazard 7.5/10 - Impressed with his outstanding dribbling skill at the Theatre of Dreams, drawing cynical fouls on several occasions as he danced round his opponent. Linked up well with Drogba.
Didier Drogba 7/10 - Though the Blues legend may not be as mobile as he once was, he has lost none of his ability in holding up the ball, and scored a super header to put Chelsea ahead.
John Obi Mikel '65 6/10 - With Marouane Fellaini a strong influence in Manchester United's midfield, the powerful Nigerian came on with Chelsea 1-0 up.
Andre Schurrle & Kurt Zouma - Both late substitutes.