Sam Johnstone (7) Had a quiet first half with very few meaningful saves to make but as we eased off the gas in second half, he was called upon frequently and did very well with what was thrown at him. Could do nothing about Chelsea’s fine consolation.
Marnick Vermijl (6) Struggled to make an impact on this game. Was very quiet while he was on the pitch. He didn’t do his trademark tireless runs up and down the right flank. Did not do anything of note. Was substituted in the second half.
Michael Keane (7) This young lad is turning out to be a fine centre half. He was rock solid all game. Strong in the air and hard in the tackle, he did not put a foot wrong all afternoon, even setting up his brother Will with a raking pass for his goal.
Ritchie De Laet (7) A very impressive performance. Was brilliant defensively, he was as hard as nails gong into challenges and put his body on the line to block numerous shots. He was not afraid to bring the ball out of defence and go on some mazy runs, driving with the ball from the half way line to score a superb goal.
Zeki Fryers (8) A magnificent performance, arguably his best all season. He was a constant menace up the left wing, beating a man before pulling the ball back to Tunnincliffe for his goal. Defensively he was absolutely faultless, nothing got past him all afternoon. He was constantly driving forward when he got the ball. But there is no doubt that his fantastic pace does get him out of trouble often.
Larnell Cole (8) A really classy performance. He used the ball cleverly, rarely giving it away and played some exquisite passes. His close control was a joy to watch, just seeming to draw in challenges before dashing off with the ball in the blink of a eye. Rounded of a great team move with a neat finish.
Tom Thorpe (6) He went about his job very quietly but effectively. He he was good on the ball, always opting to play the simple pass and screened the back four well. This performance did not set the world alight but his position just in front of the back four allowed all our other midfielders and full backs to attack while he was very disciplined in covering.
Ryan Tunnicliffe (8) (MOTM)* The best I have seen Ryan play for quite some time. He covered every blade of grass, was ruthless in the challenge and he brought back those trademark driving runs into his game. He even did a good impression of Scholesy, spraying passes around for fun. This was a real midfield dynamo performance, the sight of Tunnicliffe charging all over the pitch was infectious, as United worked tirelessly as a team with Tunnicliffe leading the assault.
Jesse Lingard (7) Top performance from Jesse. He caused huge problems to Chelsea throughout. He used the ball very wisely, always looking for that defence splitting pass. He used the ball well and his decision making was very good. He played very high up the pitch, which he meant he was always an outlet for us. His beautiful incisive pass played in Cole for his goal.
Davide Petrucci (8) Another brilliant performance from the Italian. He did tend to drift in and out of the game, but my word is his footballing intelligence on another level. Time after time, when it seemed he was running into a dead end, he some how escaped or won a free kick. He played some lovely passes, most notably two fantastic backheels, where he didn’t even have to look up, he just instinctively knew where his team mates were. A very mature performance from Davide.
Will Keane (8) Another game, another goal. He lead the line fantastically, his hold up play was brilliant, using his wonderful close control to effortlessy wriggle free of challenges time after time. Even when Will is not seen for a while during a game, he is always a threat, making penetrating off the ball runs. He was also very disciplined, he had the awareness to drop back when the going began to get tough. His goal was wonderfully taken, he could have easily got flustered when he saw a defender rushing back to try and defend an open goal, but Will bided his time and unsurprisingly stroked it home with the utmost ease.
Michele Fornasier (6) on for Marnick Vermijl.
Luke Giverin (5) on for Jesse Lingard.
Gyliano van Velzen (6) on for Larnell Cole.