The England midfielder was excellent at centre-back once again.
Of course there were plenty of other excellent performances from the team, including that of Michael Carrick. The defensive midfielder was once again implemented in a back-three where he has been something of a revelation for Louis van Gaal.
Marcos Rojo was ruled out just before the game after picking up a niggle in training on Friday. So Carrick was the focal point of a back three alongside Phil Jones and Jonny Evans.
While on the defensive side of things he certainly needs to do better, especially when it comes to allowing players to run in behind him, he has proven himself to be an excellent composed ball-playing central defender, just what Van Gaal likes in a defender.
Carrick's return to action from injury has coincided with United's excellent form. Six wins in six games since he returned to action can certainly not be a coincidence.
If he keeps up this type of form, he may not play in the Manchester United midfield for a very long time. He even ended up the game as captain.
Here is some of the best reaction from Twitter to his overshadowed performance at Old Trafford this afternoon...
Also very impressed with @carras16, excellent performance— United Talk (@JanuzajA11) December 14, 2014
Revelation putting Michael Carrick as centre back. So much composure and excellent distribution. #bbcfootball— James Sweeney (@jimmypunbc) December 14, 2014
@carras16 Michael you were superb again today no . coincidence we've won 6 since you came back in squad— Stephen Jones (@canto67) December 14, 2014
Michael Carrick sensational!!— Alan Cawley (@alancaw) December 14, 2014
Michael Carrick was fantastic as well. No complaints about him whatsoever.— George Ofori (@GeorgeOfori7) December 14, 2014