Possession was fairly even but we failed to capitalise whereas United carved out numerous openings.
Having said that, a combination of Kasey Keller's goalkeeping, good defending and wasteful finishing left us always in with a chance at 1-0 down before two goals in the last four minutes gave the home side a more than flattering scoreline.
Acting boss David reflected: "There were long periods where our midfield didn't completely wrestle control from them but had spells where they weren't overawed by the place.
"But we didn't have enough efforts at goal and United were more dangerous when they got the ball into the final third.
"I think Dalmat was a threat when he came on but we didn't manouevre the ball accurately enough to get a clean strike.
"I think at one stage they were a little nervous in the second period when we were taking the game to them.
"I thought we played with good spirit and it's unfortunate, you make the changes that open the game out and they benefited twice in the last couple of minutes from it, albeit good strikes.
"That put a slightly false impression on the scoreline."
David Pleat conceded that the threat in the final third of the field was the difference between the teams at Old Trafford on Saturday.