Sir Alex Ferguson declared himself satisfied with the performance, if not the result, as Manchester United were held to a goalless draw by a battling Tottenham outfit at White Hart Lane.
United edged the contest but failed to create enough clear-cut chances against a Spurs outfit that has improved markedly under Harry Redknapp.
"It is not a bad result," said Ferguson. "We dominated the game for the most part and their goalkeeper has made two fantastic saves near the end. We just needed that bit of luck or a break close to goal but we didn't get it."
He added: "But you have to admire the intensity of our game. Tottenham have been on a high since Harry Redknapp came.
"There is a bit of life about the club now. You expect to see them higher up the league and I am sure they will be. Overall, I am satisfied with the performance."
Ferguson admitted Dimitar Berbatov, bought from Spurs amid some controversy for £30.75million on transfer deadline day, will have better games. But, like many others in the visitors' ranks, he did not get near his best.
"It was not his afternoon," admitted the United boss. "I made the point last week that we needed to start taking our chances, although we did not create that many today."
Tottenham boss Redknapp could still bring a goalkeeper to White Hart Lane next month despite the heroics of Heurelho Gomes in the goalless draw.
"I've got confidence in him," said Redknapp. "Whether I bring another keeper onto the staff is another matter.
"He's been excellent and if he can keep these performances up we haven't got a problem. But I'd like to bring in another keeper as cover or someone to battle it out with him."
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