Manchester United recovered from a goal down to beat Chelsea and boost their chances of finishing second in the Premier League table.
Jesse Lingard struck the winner but Romelu Lukaku was the true star, finally delivering against the big teams and silencing his critics in the process.
Morata, meanwhile, saw a goal chalked off and was also booked with the Chelsea forward failing to fire at Old Trafford.
And today’s result shows Manchester United benefitted from Real’s refusal to sell Morata to them.
Jose Mourinho earmarked the Spain international as a priority signing during the summer transfer window.
But Real, still furious with the Red Devils for their refusal to sell David De get to them in 2015, refused to play ball.
That decision forced United to go for Lukaku instead.
And, on the basis of his performance this afternoon, Mourinho appears to have got the better deal.
Lukaku has now struck 22 times for United since his £75million arrival from Everton in the summer.
Morata, meanwhile, has just 12.
Lukaku’s overall play also benefitted United with Lingard heading home from his sublime cross.
And with Chelsea chasing an equaliser, Morata was unable to secure the Blues a crucial point.
Both players are still early into their careers at their respective clubs.
But, for now at least, United have got the better deal – all thanks to Real Madrid.