Michael Dawson admitted to a slight sense of disappointment after the goalless draw against United on Sunday.
The defender was outstanding again alongside William Gallas in a match where the respective defences remained on top and Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand showed exactly why United have conceded just 19 goals in 21 matches so far this term.
There was no doubting the team that looked more likely to win as we pressed forward in the second half.
Indeed, when Rafael Da Silva was sent off for a second booking, Harry Redknapp brought on Jermain Defoe and went with two up front, two wingers and Rafa van der Vaart alongside Luka Modric in central midfield.
But it wasn’t to be. Rafa went closest with a curler inches wide 10 minutes from time as United’s defence managed to block or header away just about everything.
“We went out there to win and showed that in the way we played,” said Michael. “I thought we put on a good performance, but it just wasn't to be.
“When they went down to 10 men we certainly chucked everything at it but they got everything in the way and did what we did a couple of weeks ago when we were down to 10 men against Villa and Newcastle.
“We haven’t beaten them for a long time and we were all hoping this was going to be the day. Certainly, when they went down to 10 men, we believed it was going to happen.
“Credit to them though, they got everyone behind the ball, got their blocks in and defended well.
“They will go home the happier of the two teams and it shows how far we’ve come, that we’re disappointed to draw.
"It’s always nice to keep clean sheets but it’s the three points you want and it wasn’t to be.”