Marouane Fellaini scored twice as Manchester United heaped more misery on Crystal Palace.
Juan Mata opened the scoring inside three minutes before a double from the Belgian.
United had chances to add to their tally but had to wait until late on to get a fourth as Romelu Lukaku got in on the act.
The Eagles go into the international break without a point or goal after six matches.
Here are five talking points:
1. Eagles slow off the mark
Roy Hodgson would have spent the whole week creating a meticulous plan on how Palace would deal with United’s attacking threat.
Within three minutes, it was thrown out of the window.
Marcus Rashford had Joel Ward on toast before pulling the ball back for Mata to score.
Nobody fancied Palace to get anything at Old Trafford but to have any hope of survival, they must start better than this.
2. Fellaini remains key
Jose Mourinho has continually talked him up but Marouane Fellaini is finally winning the United fans over.
Paul Pogba’s injury opened the door for the Belgian and he has grasped his opportunity with both hands.
Right now, he is ahead of Ander Herrera in the pecking order – and deservedly so.
It was a simple goal to double United’s lead after great work from Young as he nipped in at the back post before nodding in a second.
But Fellaini’s all-round display showed just why Mourinho is counting on him right now.
3. Young reborn at full-back
After suffering an injury towards the end of last season, it appeared Ashley Young was set for a battle to save his United career.
He is now in the final season of his current deal and everything suggested he would be on his way on a free next summer.
But since getting back into the team, Young has been outstanding.
He has capitalised on the uncertainty surrounding the left-back spot and made it his own.
Is he United’s long-term answer in their problem position? No.
But his versatility makes him a crucial squad player and if he can maintain this current form, there is no chance of him walking away in the summer.
4. Rashford and Martial bringing best out of each other
How can Jose Mourinho split them?
The Manchester United duo are both in outstanding form at the moment as they battle for the slot out wide on the left.
Martial was excellent again in Moscow in midweek and Rashford was the star of the show here.
He ran Joel Ward ragged throughout and was on hand with two assists.
With the amount of games United face, Mourinho can afford to switch them as and when.
Right now, the rotation is having the ideal effect.
5. It doesn’t get any easier for Roy
After back-to-back games in Manchester, surely the fixture computer would have been more favourable to Palace.
Next up? Chelsea at home.
The Palace fans need to create a raucous atmosphere for that one and the international break will hopefully boost Hodgson’s options.
But things are looking very, very bleak.
After Chelsea is Newcastle and West Ham.
Fail to win any of them and we will be writing their obituary before the clocks go back.
Source: Liam Prenderville| Irish Mirror