Cole Palmer was the Blues’ player of the moment once again as he scored three crucial goals – including two deep into stoppage time – to earn a vital 4-3 victory over Manchester United.

After Conor Gallagher had given us the lead early into proceedings, Palmer converted from the spot with Marc Cucurella brought down inside the box. However, the away side fought back and eventually led the game heading into the final stages, but the Blues refused to lie down.

Noni Madueke earned another spot-kick in the 98th minute which Palmer cooly slotted home to level the match despite a lengthy VAR check. But 82 seconds later he lashed the ball in from outside the box to cue jubilation in the stands on the pitch, securing the victory with virtually the last kick.

Speaking after the match, an almost speechless Palmer revealed that the manager's words following his late equaliser had given the squad the motivation they needed to go on and find the winner.

‘It was a crazy game,’ he explained. ‘To go from 2-0 up to 3-2 down was a bit of a blow, but when we scored in the 98th minute we knew there were two more minutes – we saw the gaffer say it. I looked over when I scored. We thought, let’s go for it.

‘I didn’t know what to do when I scored, but I was buzzing. My first hat-trick. It’s my first one and I’m really happy about it. It was madness at the end.’

Giving an insight into his thought process as he steps up to take pressure penalties, the 21-year-old explained that it’s just a normal day at the office.

Palmer said: ‘I’ve had a few penalties this season and when they’re in front of me, I just want to continue to try and score them. I want to keep my focus and strike the ball clean.’

Having taken his tally to 16 Premier League goals for the season, Palmer believes this win could give the Blues a huge push heading into the business end of the campaign.

He added: ‘After last week we needed to come and get three points, and to do it this way was probably the best way to do it.

‘It’s a big win and it’s a massive momentum boost for the fans and the team. It’s put everyone in a good mood.’