Manchester United manager David Moyes was eager to pick out the positives following his side's 1-1 draw against Southampton on Saturday.
The Red Devils looked set for victory after Robin Van Persie opened the scoring for the Premier League champions, but an 89th minute equaliser from Adam Lallana meant the points were shared.
Moyes admitted that it was frustrating to drop two points at home against the Saints, but felt his side created enough chances to win and are moving in the right direction after a disappointing start to the campaign.
"We’d done enough to get ourselves more than one goal, but we never really had enough control at times. I thought we had really good pockets of play at some points of the game, but not enough control," the manager told MUTV.
"It was great to get off to a good start with a goal early on. I was impressed by Adnan [Januzaj], and it ended up with Robin getting a goal. We had chances to make it two - we hit the bar, but I said to the players at half-time ‘this won’t be enough, we have to do more’, and that turned out to be the case.
"We’re aware of what we have to do [to bounce back]. We’ll get ready to go again, starting with the next game against [Real] Sociedad.”
Whilst the Red Devils boss didn't want to point to excuses in the post-match analysis, he did believe that the international break played its part in affecting some of the first team regulars.
"The boys who had been on international duty looked tired, and it was on my mind, but I didn’t want to make too many changes before we got the game out of sight," added Moyes.
"As it was, we didn’t, and conceding in the last minute was a real sickener."
The result means Manchester United move up one place to eighth in the table, whilst Southampton slipped down to fifth after Manchester City secured victory at West Ham United.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms