Jose Mourinho felt his Manchester United side could have beaten Stoke 6-0 and was frustrated to have to settle for stalemate at Old Trafford.
United were dominant over the 90 minutes but wasteful finishing – and a revelatory performance from on-loan goalkeeper Lee Grant – meant substitute Anthony Martial’s superb second-half curler was their only goal of the game.
That left them vulnerable in the game’s closing stages and Joe Allen smashed home from point-blank range to seal a hit-and-run by the visitors, who moved off the foot of the Premier League with a third point of the season.
United had opportunities late on in the 1-1 draw, not least when Paul Pogba, wayward on several occasions in each half, headed against the crossbar from a couple of yards.
Mourinho improbably declared it United’s best showing of the season but was left to rue the final score.
“I’m happy with the performance but when the result should be 5-0 or 6-0 and it is 1-1 then the happiness disappears,” he said.
“I think it was our best performance in terms of the football we played, the creation of chances, the consistency.
“In this moment it should not be just three points but a fat result.
“From minute one everything was beautiful. The first chance, the one Paul missed, was beautiful football.
“In the second half he hits the post (crossbar), the save down low in the corner…beautiful football.
“I’m very frustrated but the performance was there.”
On the imprecise finishing, Mourinho added:
“I never criticise my players for missing chances. Their goalkeeper was man of the match, deservedly.”