Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick was keen to put the onus on wins after Javier Hernandez’s goal was enough to edge the trip to Swansea City.
United played without the usual attacking flair they have over the years under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The shut-out at the Liberty Stadium was United fifth clean sheet in a row, and Carrick says securing the wins is most important at this stage of the season.
“They had a lot of possession but that’s their game,” he said.
“They play off the ball and keep it for long spells. We knew that before the game. It was just a case of staying patient really. Considering the chances they had, I think we were quite comfortable in terms of goal threats.
“You always want to score more goals, of course, but I don’t think it’s a concern. It’s about winning games and it’s a good sign that we can win games like that. We haven’t been at our best but there’ll be a point in the season when everything will come easily.
“We’ll score some more goals because of the talent in our team. We believe we can do that, but at this time it is about grafting, sticking together and showing a lot of character.
“We are happy, we weren’t at our best but three points is nice.
“The football wasn’t as fluent or easy on the eye as it could have been but 1-0 is a win and we’ll take that. At this stage of the season it is about picking up points and wins - judge where we are by Christmas and we’ll kick on from there.”
The England international was handed his first start in the Barclays Premier League this season against Swansea with the likes of Tom Cleverley and Darren Fletcher’s form restricting Carrick’s involvement thus far this season, but the 30-year-old now hopes he can spent an extended period in the team.
“I want to play in every game, like everyone else,” he added.
“But I understand the situation, it is a long season and I’ve been here before when I haven’t played too much at the start and ended up having a good season.
“It can be frustrating (not playing) but I am patient and I have just got to be ready. I enjoyed it today.”