IT HAS been a very long time since we have now been in a position to say this.
However final night time, it was an absolute pleasure watching Manchester United play soccer. Who would have thought.
An impressive efficiency on the south coast was additional proof that, simply perhaps, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may very well be constructing one thing particular.
This was the kind of brutal away victory which United followers have been dying to see, significantly away from dwelling the place they’ve nonetheless not been superb, regardless of an general enchancment in outcomes.
Earlier than the sport, Solskjaer lobbed a grenade within the path of his senior strikers however it was Mason Greenwood who threw it again.
The United supervisor had warned that he needed extra from Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, warning that he’s ready to purchase a alternative.
However in a shocking away efficiency which stretched United’s unbeaten run to 15 video games and noticed them transfer to fifth, it was teenager Greenwood who proved a degree with a terrific purpose and an excellent help.
And this was the most recent proof that this child will not be just one hell of a expertise.
If he continues bettering like this, perhaps United don’t want a striker in any case they usually can spend the cash elsewhere.
On a day when a transfer for Jadon Sancho additionally appeared much less possible as United solely need to pay Dortmund £50m, Solskjaer’s crew have been an actual menace going ahead.
It’s scary when you think about that Greenwood was born on October 1 2001 – precisely a month after England gained 5-1 away to Germany in a World Cup qualifier.
However he scored an impressive first earlier than Bruno Fernandes – and what an unbelievable piece of enterprise his switch was – grabbed the second quickly after.
After which United’s two most enjoyable gamers mixed with Greenwood delivering an impressive go for Fernandes to make it 3-0.
It was a factor of magnificence. United had managed simply 4 wins on their travels this season placing them simply 10 within the away League desk.
However right here, they appeared strong in defence albeit helped by an opposing crew which lacked power.
That they had an exquisite spark in midfield, the place Fernandes and Paul Pogba – beginning collectively just for the second time – already look as if they’ve had a few seasons collectively to excellent an understanding.
And up entrance, they appeared a hazard with each raid into the house space however significantly Greenwood.
In equity to Rashford, he’s nonetheless clearly missing sharpness after a again damage damage whereas Martial is an extremely infuriating participant.
For Brighton, this was a nightmare they’ll look to neglect. And in lots of respects, the sport in opposition to United was a free go with Saturday’s lunchtime go to to Norwich extra essential.
That’s clearly why each Neal Maupay and Aaron Mooy have been left on the bench and Brighton went defensively.
However there have been events when United took aside the again 4 with some intelligent, incisive passing.
In a single intelligent transfer straight from the coaching floor, which began with Harry Maguire switching play, Pogba rolled the ball in direction of Fernandes and he could have been upset to see his first rate effort strike the foot of the submit.
But as soon as once more, United tore by their defence solely on this event Greenwood lashed the ball into the web with such type and memorable confidence for such a younger participant.
The opening purpose will go down as an help for Aaron Wan-Bissaka however this all right down to Greenwood as he reduce in from the fitting, rushed into the world, obtained away from Dale Stephens, briefly tormented Lewis Dunk with a few step overs after which caught the ball previous dwelling keeper Maty Ryan on the close to submit.
And in the identical nook, albeit from a extra central space, Fernandes struck the ball previous Ryan who ought to have finished higher, even when the shot took a small deflection.
Pogba was the supplier whereas additionally credit score to Luke Shaw for initially getting behind the house defence, albeit a bit too simply for Graham Potter’s liking.
Regardless of a vibrant begin to the second half, United delivered a basic counter assault with a sort of transfer that the perfect supervisor in United’s historical past would have liked.
Nemanja Matic began the transfer with an excellent go out vast, Greenwood confirmed tempo and confidence to tear ahead and whereas his cross was excellent, Fernades nonetheless displayed unbelievable approach to attain with a purpose.
It was scored on the finish the place the United followers would usually have been however as an alternative, thousands and thousands would have been cheering at dwelling.
Each Pogba and Fernandes have been changed simply after the hour which was a smart choice as the sport was gained.
Additionally United – nonetheless seeking to finish the season with two Cups – have a hell of a packed schedule they usually might nonetheless be enjoying in August.
Solskjaer, in opposition to all the percentages, is absolutely making a mark.
It appears the followers have gotten their Manchester United again.