Vito Mannone - 6
Slightly shaky, though the defensive performance at Spurs would be enough to give anyone the shakes.
Phil Bardsley - 6
Okay, committed-ish. Largely ineffectual though. That position needs a little dynamism added to it for us, but we've known that for a while.
Marcos Alonso - 7
Beaten down the side for the decisive goal, but Deulofeu is a very tricky customer in fairness. Attacked very well and always provided an outlet.
Wes Brown - 5
Once again in the wrong place at the wrong time, which is happening to him far too often.
John O'Shea - 6
Good solid return to the side, I thought. Sunderland's Mr Inconsistency.
Lee Cattermole - 7
Generally very good, despite the odd wayward pass. Nice that he is finally finding consistency and maturing into a player just when we can't keep him any longer. Lovely.
Jack Colback - 6
Pressed the ball well, but did precious little thereafter.
Ki Sung-Yueng - 8
Sunderland's smallest irritant, no question. Very unlucky not to get himself a goal and the only attacking player to offer a consistent threat.
Adam Johnson - 6
In and out of the game a little too much.
Fabio Borini - 7
Loads of running, tremendous character. Probably should have scored but still a good performance.
Connor Wickham - 7
Held the ball well for the most part and made sure he was involved. Hugh decision to make over him in the summer.
Seb Larsson - 5
If he played with the passion with which he moans, he'd be beyond reproach. Sadly, that's far from the case.
Smallest Irritant: Ki Sung-Yueng
A welcome return to form for the Korean, but ultimately not enough. He was a genuine attacking presence and never let his head drop like we have seen previously from him.