Wayne Rooney banished his early season demons as his hat-trick helped Man United qualify for the Champions League group stage at the Jan Breydel Stadium.
The emphatic victory means United will be fourth and final English club to be involved in the 16.30PM draw on Thursday which will designate the eight groups the remaining 32 teams will be put into.
Rooney had previously gone ten games without a goal but opened his account for the evening in the 20th-minute as he latched into Memphis Depay's reverse through ball and dinked his shot over the advancing Sinan Bolat from 10-yards.
The United captain had been criticism as blame for the club's sterile attacking play at the beginning of the season was largely placed on his shoulders. His celebration was telling of his relief as he pointed to the heavens.
The Dutchman was pivotal in Rooney's second goal as he played the ball to Ander Herrera inside the box who then unselfishly squared the ball to Rooney for the simplest of tap-ins in the 48th-minute.
The England international had Juan Mata to thank as his pass split the Brugge defence open and allowed Rooney the opportunity to slid the ball past the goalkeeper in the 55th-minute.
He missed a penalty in the 81st-minute after defender Oscar Duarte handled Rooney's cross. In stoppage time he also missed an open goal from two-yards out.