Jose Mourinho felt his Manchester United side had played some 'beautiful football' in dispatching Fulham 4-1 at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils achieved their biggest win of the season so far as they clinically put away the top flights' basement side.
Ashley Young, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku all scored during a one-sided first half for the home team.
Fulham steadied after the break and got on the scoresheet when Aboubakar Kamara scored from the penalty spot after he'd been tripped by Ander Herrera.
The visitors were reduced to ten men almost from kick-off when Andre-Frank Anguissa was harshly given a second yellow card for a challenge on Marcus Rashford.
That left United to cruise home, with Rashford scoring their fourth late on. Mourinho was purring with the first-half display.
"The first half was really good. We gave no chances to Fulham. We were strong, aggressive and intense. At times it was beautiful football. The first half was perfect," said the United boss.
After a shaky run of results, the Portuguese admitted the win was necessary and he said it is evidence Man United can perform better than they have done in the opening months of the season.
"We needed it. The last three matches we didn't lose, but didn't win. Now we have two away matches, then two at home. Let's see if we can get more points from those matches," Mourinho added.
"The players have shown they can be a better team than they are. When there is solidarity in the team, everyone giving their maximum, you attract more positive things."
Man United head for Anfield next in the league. They are 6/1 to beat Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp's team are 1/2 while the draw is 3/1.
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