By FOX SPORTS staff
Striking their first goal in the third minute courtesy of A Michael Carrick toe poke, United never looked like losing this game.
The victory over Tony Pulis' men was sweetened by the end of Robin van Persie's goal drought, when the Dutchman stepped up to slot home a second-half penalty.
Asmir Begovic - 6.0
The Bosnian would have loved to have kept a clean sheet in front of Ferguson, what with the recent rumours linking him with a move to the Red Devils. Unfortunately his goalmouth was breached in the third minute and the Red Devils never looked back afterward, leaving him little chance to rescue his present employers.
Geoff Cameron (off 71') - 6.5
Faced with the energetic Kagawa down his flank, Cameron did relatively well. The Stoke player made his presence felt to Kagawa and only found himself overwhelmed when the Japanese international received support from Patrice Evra.
Ryan Shawcross - 5.0
Although Shawcross attempted to marshal his troops to keep out his former side, he did not turn in the sort of inspirational performance he has become known for. The Stoke captain was always a step too slow in closing down the United attackers and was guilty of committing some rash fouls.
Robert Huth - 5.5
The former Chelsea man threatened the United goalmouth nice and early with a thumping header that went wide, but his performance in defence was less impressive. Allowing van Persie and Hernandez far too much time on the ball when they came near the Stoke penalty area, Huth was lucky that his team were not punished further for his poor decision-making.
Andy Wilkinson - 6.0
Having spent most of the afternoon keeping Antonio Valencia quiet, Wilkinson could have left the pitch one of Stoke's better performers. However, a poorly-timed challenge against van Persie midway through the second half resulted in a penalty that was the final nail in his team's coffin.
Ryan Shotton - 5.0
While Shotton certainly cannot be faulted for effort, there was little else that he contributed to the game. The Englishman saw plenty of the ball for Stoke but was guilty of some wayward deliveries that hardly endangered the Red Devils goal.
Glenn Whelan - 5.5
The closest thing Stoke have to a playmaker, Whelan was disappointing in the outing against United. He did not produce anything of significance for his team-mates and gave the Red Devils central midfielders free reign in the middle of the park.
Steven Nzonzi - 6.0
Stoke anchorman Nzonzi did his best to protect the back four, but it was always going to be an uphill task against some of the Premier League's best attacking players. The Frenchman managed to make up for his disappointing defensive display with some clean passes upfield to help the transition into attack.
Charlie Adam - 6.5
The former Liverpool man is capable of some brilliant deliveries from his place in central midfield, but those high-quality balls were few and far between in this game. Although Adam tried hard to make sure Kenwyne Jones was not isolated upfront, he hardly got into appropriate positions to test De Gea.
Jon Walters (off 77') - 5.5
Playing out on the left, Walters struggled to influence the game. He saw very little of the ball due to some disciplined defending from Phil Jones and one cannot help but wonder what Stoke's top scorer could have come up for them had he started upfront.
Kenwyne Jones (off 84') - 5.0
The Trinidad and Tobago international ran tirelessly upfront for Stoke, but it proved entirely for naught as he was hardly ever in possession. Though there were more balls for him to work with in the second half, Jones found the United defence a challenge to get past.
Cameron Jerome (on 71') - 5.0
Thrown on to reenergize the Stoke attack, Jerome's most memorable contribution was to pick up a yellow card for a late challenge on Nemanja Vidic.
Michael Owen (on 77') - 6.0
Peter Crouch (on 84') - 6.0
David De Gea - 6.5
The Spaniard did not make a single save in the first half, but he is unlikely to mind. When De Gea was called upon in the second period, he stepped up confidently to the plate, proving that he is ready to start yet another run of clean sheets.
Nemanja Vidic - 7.0
For all of Kenwyne Jones' effort, he hardly ever came out on top when challenging for the ball against Vidic. The 31-year old swept up the poor passes that Stoke sent his way with ease and cleaned up any mistakes made by his fellow defenders.
Patrice Evra - 7.0
The Frenchman was as impressive as Vidic in this game. Keeping his direct opponent Shotton quiet throughout proceedings with decisive tackles and good positioning, Evra never gave the Stoke player a chance to really get going in the game.
Phil Jones - 7.5
Proving that Ferguson made the right decision to start him, Jones relished and rose above Stoke's combative style. The Englishman ensured that Walters hardly ever got on a touch on the ball and managed to move up on several occasions to support Valencia.
Rio Ferdinand - 7.0
Part of one of the most experienced central defensive partnerships in the league, Ferdinand enjoyed a relatively stress-free outing against Stoke, as the likes of Kenwyne Jones and Walters hardly threw anything at him that he could not deal with. It was thanks in part to the former Leeds man's display that De Gea rarely touched the ball during the game.
Shinji Kagawa - 6.0
The former Borussia Dortmund man did not stamp his influence on this game because he struggled to get consistent spell of possession. Nonetheless, Kagawa managed to demonstrate vision and impressive technique during the rare occasions he got on the ball.
Michael Carrick - 8.0
With the opposition central midfielders content to let Carrick control the game, the Englishman barely broke a sweat against Stoke while dictating the passing rhythm of his team. Carrick was rewarded for his influential performance early on with a slightly fortuitous goal, but he is unlikely to mind.
Antonio Valencia - 5.5
The Ecuadorian attempted to get past Wilkinson with his characteristic bursts on several occasions, but found the Stoke man a little hard to shake off. Furthermore, his deliveries were also a tad disappointing, leaving van Persie and Hernandez slightly shot of service.
Wayne Rooney - 7.0
Given plenty of time on the ball as a result of his team's lacklustre opposition, Rooney looked comfortable in his central midfield berth. The former Everton man managed to initiate a couple of counter attacks and looked particularly dangerous when he shot from long-range.
Javier Hernandez (off 77') - 5.5
In what is fast becoming a common occurrence, Hernandez turned up empty yet again in a game he started. The Mexican was certainly willing to find the space needed to threaten the Stoke defence, but the opportunities did not come for him in this game.
Robin Van Persie - 7.5
Easily the most relieved man on the pitch at the final whistle, van Persie will be hoping that his strike against Stoke signals the start of yet another goal-scoring run. The Dutchman certainly deserved to get on the score-sheet after linking-up well with Rooney and Carrick throughout this one.
Danny Welbeck (on 77') - 6.0