Robbie Keane set the tone by hitting the crossbar inside 30 seconds and we might have been awarded penalties when Dimitar Berbatov was felled by Nemanja Vidic and Wes Brown cleared the same player’s effort off the line with a combination of chest, side and arm.
Rio Ferdinand also cleared off the line from Berbatov, who curled inches wide later on while both Ricardo Rocha and Pascal Chimbonda had headed chances from set-pieces.
Nevertheless, the champions took maximum points when Nani’s thunderbolt flew into the top corner, clipping Carlos Tevez’s head on the way.
“The overriding feeling is one of disappointment,” reflected Chris back at Spurs Loge.
“Going into the game, we genuinely felt we could get something out of it. With the quality United have, they weren’t at their best and had two big players missing, so we felt it was a good opportunity for us.
“The performance overall warranted some reward. United had their chances but we had the better opportunities, they edged it in terms of possession but that’s normal.
“So the feeling is certainly one of disappointment especially after being on a high after the win against Derby.”
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Chris Hughton couldn't shift the feeling of disappointment despite our impressive performance at Old Trafford.