Mason Greenwood drew comparisons with Wayne Rooney but it is Bruno Fernandes who is making a real name for himself.
Greenwood became the first teenager to score at least six Premier League goals in a single season for Manchester United since Rooney in 2004-05.
But Fernandes continues to sparkle, scoring twice to make it eight goals in eight league games now that he has been directly involved in.
The Portuguese is the driving force between United’s charge towards the Champions League and looks ready for superstar status at Old Trafford.
Doubts have emerged about United’s willingness to pay Borussia Dortmund £100m for England star Jadon Sancho.
But it’s games like this that might just convince Ed Woodward to keep his powder dry as the financial fall-out from coronavirus continues to bite.
Brighton boss Graham Potter raised a few eyebrows by starting with top scorer Neal Maupay and key man Aaron Mooy on the bench.
Potter called it tactical, but with relegation rivals Norwich to come this Saturday, he seemed to be prioritising.
A win over Arsenal and a draw with Leicester since the season restarted had taken some of the pressure off, but the Seagulls are still not safe.
United were on a great run before kick-off, but to put it in perspective they started the game with their lowest points total at this stage since 1991.
Any doubts were dispelled early in this one though, with the Old Trafford giants seizing control from the off.
Fernandes, beginning to show signs of a real understand with Paul Pogba, hit the post early after a nice feed from the Frenchman.
But the didn’t have much longer to wait for the opener, Greenwood showing off some silky skills as he drove into the box before finding a clinical finish.
There didn’t look much on when he picked up the ball but a lovely stepover from the youngster bamboozled Dan Burn and he made no mistake.
Harry Maguire powered a header from a corner wide soon afterwards as United turned the screw.
But it was that Pogba/Fernandes combination again which brought number two, with the Frenchman laying it off for the Portuguese to scuff home.
Brighton keeper Mat Ryan could have done better. But he could nothing to stop a sizzling Fernandes volley from a sizzling Greenwood cross just after half time.
It was a goal brimming with the promise of things to come and a truly world-class counter-attack.
A wonderful hooked pass from Nemanja Matic into Greenwood’s path, a pinpoint cross, a sumptuous volley. Lovely stuff.
Substitute Leandro Trossard flashed one inches wide of the far post in reply but Brighton just couldn’t live with United.
It was only when Pogba and Fernandes were hauled off for a rest that the Seagulls tried their best to get back into the game.
Connolly tested David De Gea’s reflexes with a long-range effort with 20 minutes left, but the Spaniard tipped it over.
Trossard then fired just wide of the other upright before fellow sub Maupay again forced a save from De Gea.
But it all seemed like too little too late for the home side, who will be looking nervously over their shoulders for a while yet.
Brighton (4-4-2): Ryan 5; Montoya 6, Duffy 6, Dunk 6, Burn 5; Lamptey 6 (Trossard 46, 7), Stephens 6, Propper 5 (Maupay 46, 6), Bissouma 6; CONNOLLY 7, MacAllister 5. Subs: Gross, Murray, Mooy, March, Schelotto, Button, Fernandes da Silva Jr
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea 7; Wan-Bissaka 7, Lindelof 6, Maguire 7, Shaw 6 (Williams 64, 6); Pogba 7 (Pereira 64, 6), Matic 6; Greenwood 7, FERNANDES 8 (McTominay 64, 6), Rashford 6 (James 78); Martial 6 (Ighalo 78). Subs: Bailly, Mata, Fred, Romero.
Referee : Andre Marriner 6