Bruno Fernandes' brace ensures Manchester United have all but secured their place in the next round of the Europa League.
The Red Devils saw off Real Sociedad 4-0 in Turin ahead of the return leg at Old Trafford next week.
Travel restrictions meant the contest couldn't be played in Spain, but United have fond memories of winning in the Italian city and they continued.
Fernandes's goal was able to light up what was otherwise a forgettable first-half.
Marcus Rashford spurned an early opportunity after Fernandes had set him clear.
The Portuguese star later grabbed the first goal as he took advantage of some defensive indecision to slot into an empty net.
An offside flag looked set to deny him a second-half strike, but a lengthy VAR check was to his benefit and his smart finish just before the hour stood.
Rashford then atoned for his earlier miss and Daniel James grabbed a late fourth to all but secure qualification into the last 16 for the Red Devils.
Here are five talking points from a comfortable United win.
Europa League needs
United's win is a statement of intent – and a needed one at that.
Three semi-finals last term and no trophy for almost four years means that pressure is growing.
Solskjaer at least needs to take his side to a final having now gone close four times when you factor in the Carabao Cup semi-finals this season.
With Manchester City looking unstoppable domestically the Europa League could present United with their best chance of success, despite the FA Cup still being an option.
They certainly brushed aside a team in Sociedad who have been in a lofty La Liga position for much of the season.
We all know that in a one-off game United can be devastating and if they can replicate this clinical display they will be a tough nut to crack.
Stop the fixture congestion
Solskjaer claimed he would've had no issue were Thursday night's clash a one-off game and you have to question why it wasn't.
Government restrictions on travel have meant UEFA have been forced to find alternative venues for several games.
Spanish and German teams have both been unable to host European ties.
But in a season where fixtures are being crammed in like never before and with an international tournament to come in the summer why hasn't common sense prevailed?
Solskjaer said last week: “That’s out of our hands, it’s nothing that we can say ‘OK, we’ll just meet in Turin and play one game’. I wouldn’t mind that at all, one game less.”
Instead United have had to play a midweek and a weekend game for the last five weeks.
No Silva lining
Former Manchester men David Silva and Adnan Januzaj were unable to get one over on United.
Silva ended his decade long association with Manchester City in the summer and enjoyed plenty of success over the Red Devils.
But he couldn't weave his magic in Italy as United contained him for large periods.
Januzaj was the man with a point to prove, although he maintained that he didn't earlier this week.
Having burst onto the scene at Old Trafford he wasn't afforded regular opportunities under Louis van Gaal and had to move on.
He was unable to make United regret their decision though.
United end Spanish hoodoo
United had failed to win their last nine games against Spanish opposition since beating Celta Vigo in the Europa League four years ago.
Sevilla, Real Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona have all got the better of them since that day.
Some of those losses were a sign of the gulf between United and Europe's elite, but others were among the darkest of recent days.
Sevilla's win at Old Trafford in the Champions League during Jose Mourinho's tenure was a real low point.
But Sociedad were unable to keep the La Liga dominance going in Turin.
United were able to stifle their possession-based game and regularly hit them on the break to put them in the driving seat ahead of the second-leg.
A striking debate
It seems we will be forever debating whether Rashford is more effective as a central striker or from a wider position.
Robbie Savage on BT Sport commentary claimed the United forward was far more of a threat coming from the wing.
The position allows him to look across the line and time his runs in a way that he can't centrally.
Finishing ability continues to be held against Rashford and missing a first-half chance only serves to underline that.
His pace means he can de devastating from the wing, as was the case for his second-half strike.
But while Solskjaer remains without a central frontman who he can trust to score 25 times a season Rashford will be asked to do a job in the middle, potentially to his detriment.
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