Bruno Fernandes stole the show as Manchester United remained in pursuit of a top-four finish with a comprehensive 3-0 victory at Brighton on Tuesday.⁣

Mason Greenwood’s sixth league goal of the season gave United the lead inside 16 minutes at the Amex Stadium before Fernandes combined with Paul Pogba to double their tally before the half-hour mark.⁣

Fernandes then extinguished Brighton’s second-half revival as his emphatic volley rounded off a devastating United counter within five minutes of the restart.⁣

David de Gea prevented Aaron Connolly, Neal Maupay, and the lively Leandro Trossard from registering a deserved Brighton consolation after an improved second-half display, but the damage was done as they tasted their first defeat since the restart.⁣

The victory extends United’s unbeaten run to 15 games and lifts them up to fifth, two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea ahead of their trip to West Ham on Wednesday. Brighton stays 15th, six clear of the relegation zone.⁣

According to Ole Solskjaer, “The boys played some exceptional stuff. Mason’s first goal was brilliant, and he played fantastically. His link-up play was great today. He can go inside or outside, he is developing into a fine player.⁣

“We know we have pace and we want to counter quickly, it was a fantastic goal [the third goal], we are very happy with it. I don’t care about making a statement, I know we are a good team. We will recover and then focus on the next one.”⁣

Few players transform the fortunes of a club but, in Bruno Fernandes, its clear United have signed a player with the quality, the arrogance, the class they have been craving.⁣