Sir Alex Ferguson admitted Manchester United nearly ended up embarrassed by Hull at Old Trafford.
Four-one up and cruising with an hour gone, Bernard Mendy's goal and a Geovanni penalty left United clinging on in the final frantic minutes to claim a 4-3 win from which they took the points - but Hull will get most of the plaudits.
"I feel a bit low," said the United boss. "We should have won by 10 or 11 and we ended up scrambling for a victory. We might have been embarrassed at the end."
He added: "Cristiano Ronaldo could have had four or five on his own and I don't know how many chances Dimitar Berbatov created.
"I suppose the only thing to take out of it, apart from the win, is the fact we are creating so many opportunities for ourselves."
Hull became the first visiting side since Chelsea in 2005 to score three times at Old Trafford.
"It's mixed emotions," reflected Hull boss Phil Brown. "We can take a lot of pride from the game but nothing else. That is disappointing when you consider we scored three times.
"I was not happy at half-time but we got in their faces a lot more in the second half and really battled hard.
"In some ways, I have more belief in this team than they have in themselves. But I feel we have proved we are capable of competing at this level. Hopefully it continues for a long time yet."
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