Manchester United manager David Moyes accepts the champions need to be closer to Arsenal at the top of the Barclays Premier League.
While the entertaining 2-2 draw at Tottenham was surely a good result in isolation, it leaves the Reds nine points adrift of the Gunners and in eighth spot in the division.
With Everton and Newcastle both above United and coming to Old Trafford in the next week, the opportunity is there for Moyes' side to climb the table ahead of the Christmas period.
"I think the way we are at the moment, we have to win all of our games," explained the boss to MUTV. "I feel we’ve dropped two points. In normal circumstances, coming to Spurs, and it’s been a tough game, you’d feel it was a good result.
"It was a tough game and we had to come from behind twice. Thankfully we did that, but we just couldn’t get the third goal.
"I think if you’d said to me before Leverkusen and today that we’d win in Germany and draw here you’d say: ‘Hey, they are good results and it’s not bad’. The disappointment is going back to last week when we drew at Cardiff.
"I'm concerned we're not as close as we'd like to be [to Arsenal] but it's a long season and hopefully we'll be there or thereabouts. There are a lot of games to go. I think the Premier League is tight and we'll try to stay on the shirt-tails and put ourselves in a good position at the start of next