MANCHESTER UNITED moved to Arsenal's point in the sixth after collecting much needed three points against Brighton.
Andreas Pereira opened the scoring 17 minutes before Davy Propper's own goal, just two minutes later sending the "Red Devils" on their way.
Louis Duncan then rose above Harry Maguire, but their hopes of a return were short-lived when Marcus Rashford struck home a third.
Here, Richard Forrester of Dream Sport ruled on his player's rating.
DAVID DE GEA 6
There was nothing to do in the first half despite several dangerous crosses at Brighton.
In the second he made a smart save with his feet as Maupey failed to reach the ball.
There was nothing he could do to deny Duncan the header to get Brighton back in the game.
Aaron Van-Bisaka 7
Hardly got upside down, but it was easy to drive in full back.
He was able to bombard forward when given the opportunity, but did not need to show the urgency with United going 2-0.
Solid as always.
SONNY LINDELOF 6
Nothing great, nothing special.
Baiton's handsome toothless leader meant that he was never under enormous pressure.
Distribute the ball soundly, but it was not highlighted at any point in the game.
Harry Maguire 5
Questions once again about its form at the moment.
Brighton didn't test United too much when it looked awkward.
He hit a header for Brighton's goal and should step up his game.
It almost looks like he could do with a break.
Williams of Brandon 8
As for the Premier League debut, Williams couldn't have asked for more.
He almost scored a goal and there was no fault of a Brighton goal from a corner.
United have a real prospect on their hands and he should be counted on the road ahead of Ashley Young now in that left back spot.
It looked like he had been on the team for years.
His delivery was great for the second goal as he found Maguire's head before Propper was stuck in his own net.
He looks confident in the ball when he's not under significant pressure and stuck the luggage moment when it mattered.
They seem to continue to enjoy his role on the side in the absence of Paul Pogba.
SCOTT MOTOMINA 7
We feel we are sorely disturbed not to score a second for United – instead, it went to Apper's own goal.
Doubts arose about his readiness before the match and he resolved well after a difficult start.
He really entered his time when walking became difficult and he formed a stable partnership with Fred.
Worry about the injury immediately at the end as he fought off the pitch in real pain.
DANIEL JAMES 8
Another great Welshman from the right – the only thing missing was a goal.
His electric pace bothered Brighton all afternoon and he effectively deflected Ryan in the second half.
No wonder Mason Greenwood has to stay patient.
Andreas PERIERA 6
Realizing his 50th appearance at the club today, he resolved United's nerves early on with the opener.
His strike was worthy of a devious deviation before beating the goalkeeper.
He had a few more attempts from the range that made the goalkeeper work, but was found guilty of breaking into and out of the game.
Knitted in 70 minutes.
MARCUS RECORD 7
Show signs of frustration at halftime when he entered the book about careless brackets.
It was a shot for England's striker as he broke United's third in crucial time.
But he went from sublime to funny with one of the misses of the season.
Confidence grows throughout the match and has shown a brilliant ability to achieve his second of the game.
Lots of chances, but spoiled with many.
ANTHONY MARCH 8
He grabbed the assist for Pereira's goal and Rashford's goal.
He didn't have much punch in front of the goal, but he worked the socks and was a constant threat in the attack.
United look a lot more dangerous with him leading the line.
Essays Lingard (70) 5
He had a good opportunity to break his naked duck, but used it extensively.
Andreas Pereira has not shown any dislocation since the beginning of XI.
Marcos Royo (91)
Too little time to judge.
Mason Greenwood (91)
Same as above.