United arrived at the Lane third in the Premier League on a run of seven wins in eight and lining-up with the likes of Rooney, Mata, Falcao and Van Persie, created the better chances in the first half.
Hugo Lloris made saves at key moments - the highlight clawing away Ashley Young’s curler destined for the top corner - Juan Mata’s free-kick struck the crossbar and Vlad Chiriches made a goal-saving tackle to deny Robin van Persie in front of goal.
At the other end, Harry Kane almost turned Andros Townsend’s pass goalwards and the winger tested David De Gea from 20 yards.
Mata and Van Persie were off target at the start of the second half but as the game entered the final half-hour, we came more and more into it.
De Gea denied Andros Townend, Federico Fazio and Christian Eriksen before the final clear-cut chance as Harry Kane ran 50 yards before rolling into Ryan Mason who drilled just over from the left angle.
“The second half was very good and we played better than United but at the end, after 90 minutes, I think the result was fair,” said Mauricio.
“The most important thing is the feeling we got from the performance. The point is good but I think it’s better to get that feeling from today because the team had a very good performance.
“Our fitness level was very good and that showed we’re in a good moment.
“The idea was to believe in our skill and get the three points but we showed that we were solid. We made a big effort and for that, congratulations to the players.
“We need to keep this feeling and this momentum because we have a lot of games ahead and the next game is tough.”
Next up, a New Year’s Day derby against Chelsea back at the Lane, kick-off 5.30pm.