All three judges rewarded Linares' dominance - which included a 7th round knockdown - with fair scores of 118-109.
Linares even knocked down Crolla in the seventh round.
Linares - unbeaten in five years - is now in line for a mouth-watering world title unification fight with American Mikey Garcia, the WBC champion, for later this year.
Linares and Crolla previously fought a fierce, closely contested battle last September, one that Linares won by just a few rounds. "The upper cut with which I overcame Crolla, was attractive".
'I get the best out of what I've got.
"I was driving around Manchester dropping off tickets to people like I've always done and it took up a lot of time, which is stupid really". "I want to tell everyone in Manchester, Anthony Crolla has some big balls".
Crolla's left eye had a bad cut over it before the start of the tenth round and he continued to press forward in an effort to back up Linares and test his chin.
"I feel extremely prepared for this fight".
Crolla has had a rollercoaster career that at one point seemed destined never to go beyond domestic level and then looked to have been derailed by a street attack in December 2014.
It is a tantalising prospect and a real 50-50 clash between the two best fighters in the division.
"I am better in rematches and I'm locking myself away to work harder and smarter to make sure these belts stay here. The Terry Flanagan fight is a big pay day over here, but if you have just beaten Jorge Linares, on a world scene you're a big, big name in that division".
He further states Flanagan, who is scheduled to fight Russian star Petr Petrov on April 8, is struggling to sell tickets for that showdown while his client sold 4,000 all by himself for the fight against Linares. I'm working alongside Showtime, and with Linares and Crolla fighting on Showtime, I think it could help me get the victor of this next fight. "Million Dollar" Crolla, phenomenal fighter.
"There are going to come times in the fight when it's not going to go my way, when I'm going to have to weather a storm and I've got to bite down on that gumshield, but that is something I'm willing to do".
And while he came up short, Crolla's bravery ought to be applauded as there are plenty of fighters who would have looked for a way out after being dominated for so long against a monster like Linares.
"I felt I was coming in better than ever, the only thing for me is round four my ribs were sore throughout the fight".