Manchester United manager David Moyes rued his side's profligacy and "bad luck" after slipping to a 2-1 defeat at Stoke City.
Saturday's reversal at the Britannia Stadium was United's eighth Premier League loss this season as a Charlie Adam double either side of Robin van Persie's brief equalizer handed Stoke the points.
After Stoke's first league win over United since 1984, Moyes bemoaned the fact his players failed to make the most of the possession they enjoyed in and around the penalty area.
"I thought the performance was really good. I thought we played well," Moyes told reporters. "We had bad luck, we really did.
"It was our own downfall that we didn't score our chances. We must have got to the byline eight, nine, 10 times but we never pulled the ball back or never picked someone out in the box so it's our own undoing.
"We created numerous opportunities, we played well, but we didn't pick anyone out around the box. We lose to a free kick from 30 yards with a wicked deflection and a worldy.
"I thought we were the better team. They get a goal, we get back in it, I thought we were the team more likely.
"We only have ourselves to blame. The amount of opportunities we had today we should’ve won the game out of sight. It was a good performance, we just couldn’t take those chances."
Van Persie, Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney all started together for the first time and, despite failing to win, the United manager with pleased with their performances.
"I thought they all played well today," Moyes added. "Robin played well and got us a goal, Juan Mata played well, Wayne played well. We just couldn’t get the second or third goals which were required to get something out of the game."