A powerful midfield all-rounder, Ryan Tunnicliffe likes to tackle, pass and score goals.
He burst onto the Under-18 scene as a schoolboy in the 2008/09 campaign, making 20 appearances for Paul McGuinness' side - and in a number of different positions, often filling in at right-back when needed.
However, his strongest position is in the heart of midfield. A player of obvious passion, grit, determination, and no shortage of natural footballing ability, Ryan excelled as a key member of McGuinness' team.
His performances were rewarded with a professional contract on 30 December 2009, the same day he turned 17, and the pinnacle of his fledgling United career came
when he was a key figure in the FA Youth Cup-winning team, driving his team-mates on with some inspirational performances in midfield. It was no surprise he picked up the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award in recognition of his efforts.
A loan move to Peterborough came early in his career but allowed the tenacious youngster to pick up invaluable experience at a much higher level with Darren Ferguson's Championship side.
After returning from Posh, he was a regular in the Reserves and helped the team win two trophies at the end of the campaign - notching his first goal for Warren Joyce's team at Chelsea.