Harry Redknapp was left to ponder what might have been after Manchester United ended our fine start to the campaign on Saturday.
Jermain Defoe's spectacular overhead kick gave us the perfect start inside the first minute but United rallied and took a 2-1 lead into half-time via Ryan Giggs' free-kick and Anderson's 20-yard strike.
The key points arrived 10 minutes into the second half as first Ben Foster somehow managed to divert Jermaine Jenas' curler wide and from the corner, Peter Crouch powered a header onto the top of the crossbar.
Hopes were raised further when United were reduced to 10 men following a second yellow card to Paul Scholes but United demonstrated just why they are champions by closing out the final half-hour and adding a third through Wayne Rooney 10 minutes from time.
"We scored early, a fantastic goal from Jermain and then I felt the game was open," reflected Harry after the Barclays Premier League encounter at the Lane. "Both teams had chances.
"At 2-1, the keeper made a great save from Jermaine Jenas, Crouchy hit the bar, but they always looked dangerous, even down to 10 men - Rooney looked a massive threat up front on his own.
"I thought we might be able to push on when they went down to 10 men but we played from back to front too early and started to look for Peter Crouch too early from deep positions rather than playing, which is what we do best - pass the ball well.
"If we'd got back to 2-2 the momentum would have been with us but full credit to United.
"I fancied us to get something out of the game but you know they are going to come back at you - that's why they are champions."