Shelvey should have doubled the advantage when firing badly wide from the edge of the area, Perez then dragging a shot wide from a centre by Gayle, who came close to claiming a second when Courtois beat out his fierce low shot as the visitors somehow held on.
Conte's side have a chance to atone for a below-par fifth-place finish - which condemned them to a place in next season's Europa League - when they face United at Wembley on May 19. I'm very happy for this season.
Their penultimate four games of the season aside, the Magpies have been soaring in the second half of the campaign. Rafa Benitez's side will be hoping for a positive result in order to remain in the top half of the table to end the campaign, but a loss and other results going against them could see them finish as low as 15th.
The 48-year-old is widely expected to leave the club in the summer, and he dropped a huge hint he's nearing the exit door while also adding to the Conte Mourinho feud. The Blues are presently trailing Liverpool by a couple of points on the table and their chances of making the top four are reliant on Brighton beating the Reds on the road whilst they pick up a victory of their own against Rafael Benitez's side.
Now at Monaco, Emenalo was a key figure during his ten-year tenure with Chelsea and was one of the reasons why Antonio Conte did so well in his debut season.
We all know the rise of player power over the last decade can lead to managers' authority being regularly undermined, but for two title-winning managers to depart under dark clouds in under three years screams of an epidemic of epic proportions at Stamford Bridge.
He indicated that it is for the club to understand how damaging or not damaging it will be for Chelsea.
We're right with you, Michy.
"For Conte, I'd be amazed if we see him on the touchline for Chelsea next year, he just looks like he wants to get away now", Redknapp said.
"Are Chelsea are in a better place now?"