Wayne Rooney’s tackle on Ramires 15 minutes from time on Monday night offered Manchester United fans another reminder why the player is so important for their team.
As Chelsea were building a dangerous attack, Rooney’s defensive qualities were called into action as Lampard laid a pass back to Ramires with all United’s players encamped in their own half.
Ramires neatly passed the ball back to Lampard, before the Brazilian ghosted in behind Rooney to open up the space for a return, inside pass that would allow the midfielder the opportunity to get down the wing and deliver a goal-threatening cross.
With Ramires two steps ahead of him to begin with, Rooney quickly got wise to the danger as Lampard laid the reverse pass back to his teammate.
Rooney then showed grit and desire to turn on his afterburners and chase Ramires down the line, and the Man United forward capped off his defensive work with a perfectly-timed, clean tackle just outside the box.
For the icing on the cake, Rooney leapt up from his successful tackle and sprayed a left-footed pass into the feet of Robin van Persie to kickstart a fresh United attack.
The fans loved Rooney’s hard work, and they rewarded him by singing out his name.
Watch Wayne Rooney’s wonderful challenge on Ramires below.