Bruno Fernandes provided a double for Manchester United to thrash Brighton 3-0 on Tuesday, allowing him to continue hunting for tickets to the Champions League.
The 25-year-old Portuguese, signed in January by the Red Devils, has scored in two of the three English Premier League duels that have been played since the campaign could resume, interrupted a quarter by the coronavirus pandemic.
United took the lead in the 16th minute, when Mason Greenwood entered the right side and outlasted his marker, before shooting for his sixth goal of the league campaign.
Fernandes sent a warped free kick over the crossbar. At 29 minutes, he got the second target of the meeting, from the limits of the area, supplied by Paul Pogba.
The Brighton players argued that the ball had gone out of bounds on the play, but the refereeing body validated the goal.
The third score came five minutes into the second half, again through Fernandes.
Nemanja Matic sent a long ball that Greenwood picked up with a lot of ground ahead. His center came to Fernandes, who beat goalkeeper Mat Ryan.
United returned to fifth place, which would grant the Champions League classification if Manchester City, located in second place, does not succeed in its appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, with which it seeks to save itself from a suspension of two seasons in the European competitions.
Brighton is six points above the relegation zone, with six dates remaining.