Ashley Young could not hide his disappointment that United could not turn pressure into goals before slipping to defeat to Stoke City at Britannia Stadium.
The Reds looked to be in control early on in the Potteries, but a deflected Charlie Adam free-kick put David Moyes’ side onto the back foot. Robin van Persie levelled the scores early in the second half, but Adam struck again with a brilliant long-range goal within five minutes that ultimately was the difference between the sides.
United’s difficulties were compounded by injuries to Jonny Evans and Phil Jones, but Young regretted that the home goal did not come under more pressure.
“On numerous occasions we got to the byline, got the ball into the box and we just wanted it to go in, but on another day we would have had three or four,” the England international told MUTV.
“Their goals were a deflection and one of those that comes out of the blue with a long-range screamer, but it’s obviously disappointing to lose when you have created so many chances.
“To lose two defenders in the way we did, after so many players came back to fitness, is also disappointing but after we got that goal early in the second half I thought we would go on to win. It was not meant to be, and there is a lot of disappointment in the dressing room.”
The closest United came to equalising for a second time was late on, when Asmir Begovic brilliantly saved a Wayne Rooney