Bruno Fernandes was again Manchester United's match-winner as he struck twice at Brighton.
Mason Greenwood fired the visitors in front and it was one-way traffic in the first half as Fernandes doubled his side's advantage.
Any hope Brighton had of producing a second-half fightback were in tatters when the influential Portuguese midfielder added his second, and United's third.
The facile victory means United leapfrog Wolves back into fifth place as the race for Champions League football next season hots up.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men host Bournemouth on Saturday before a trip to fellow strugglers Aston Villa next week.
Here are five talking points from United's impressive victory…
1. Attack, attack, attack
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer certainly fancied having a go at this Brighton team, and started with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes all in the first XI.
It was a move that more than paid off, as United tore the Seagulls apart, ripping through them with pace, trickery and verve.
It was a performance that was almost reminiscent of the glory days, when the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney would put teams to the sword.
They might not be quite at that level yet, but this when this side are on song they have goals in them, and the future is looking bright up top for the Red Devils.
2. Pogba enjoying himself again
What a delight it is to see Paul Pogba looking genuinely happy to be out there doing his thing.
The Frenchman was everywhere, from spraying passes to breaking up the Brighton midfield threat, and his partnership with Bruno Fernandes only appears to be going from strength to strength, with Pogba setting up his teammate's first goal.
With coronavirus looking to have put an end to his hopes of moving away, Pogba appears to have settled on staying for the foreseeable future.
If he continues playing like this, that can only be good news for everyone at the club.
3. Greenwood growing in stature
At one point in the first half Gary Neville said 18-year-old Mason Greenwood was becoming almost "impossible to drop." On this showing, it's hard to disagree with him.
The 18-year-old was an absolute joy to watch, from his taunting of the Brighton defence for his first goal for the lovely clipped ball for Bruno Fernandes' second, he looked some way more mature than his young years would have you believe.
Neville even went as far as to compare him to Arsenal and United great Robin van Persie. While he may not be at that level just yet, don't bet against him getting there if he continues to progress.
4. Bad day at the office for Brighton
After such an impressive start to life after lockdown, with a win and two draws in their three games played prior to this, Brighton were really disappointing.
While United were relentless, the Seagulls were toothless, and never once looked like making a game of it and giving their visitors a little something to worry about.
Fortunately for them they have surely already done enough to stay up, and victory in their next game against hapless Norwich would effectively see them secure safety.
They will simply have to write this one off and try to finish the season positively.
5. Matic winning midfield battle
United suddenly find themselves with a wealth of options in the centre of the park, and at the moment it looks like a battle between Nemanja Matic, Fred and Scott McTominay to line up alongside Pogba in the holding positions.
Matic was the preferred option both in the Sheffield United win and again at Brighton, and the Serb didn't let Solskjaer down, completely dominating and barely putting a foot wrong in an impressive performance.
It is harsh on Fred and on McTominay, who have both been excellent this season, but what an option they both are for Solskjaer to have to rotate until the end of the campaign.
Whisper it, but United are slowly but surely building a very, very good squad again.
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