Ryan Giggs has paid tribute to Gerard Pique, Danny Simpson and Anderson for their contributions in the 4-0 victory over Wigan.
Simpson joined Pique in defence after Nemanja Vidic and John O'Shea were both forced off through injury inside the opening half hour.
Giggs was delighted with the way both players coped with the pressure and also added something to United's forward play.
"Pique came in at centre-half and did a good job, and so did Simmo," Giggs told the club's official website.
"They got two assists really, so overall it was a really good performance from them both."
Anderson also came on midway through the first half and produced one of his most eye-catching displays in a Manchester United shirt.
"In the second half Anderson was really involved in a lot of the play," said Giggs.
"He worked hard, showed some great touches, some great passes and he's still only young and finding his feet, but he put in a really good performance."
No regrets on retirement
Giggs will be one of the few United players not to link up with his country over the next fortnight, having retired from international football earlier this year.
But he insists he will enjoy the break and then aim to come back stronger than ever for United's Premier League clash with Aston Villa on 20th October.
He explained: "I look forward to not playing, really.
"This is why I retired from international football, to get the break and to look forward to playing for United and being fresh again."