Luke Shaw admitted that Manchester United had been aware that they could have found themselves four goals behind inside half an hour against Manchester City.
In the end, the Manchester derby was far less entertaining than a game with that many goals would have been. Rather than there being four goals for a single team, there were just four shots on target overall.
Neither side could make them count, meaning the derby ended goalless.
It was, nonetheless, a minor step in the right direction for United as they look to respond to the setback of being knocked out of the Champions League. And Shaw believes the draw was a deserved result.
He told Sky Sports: “I would say it was very tight, a very even game and we made it difficult for them at times. They could not get their rhythm going and we defended well.
“Either team could have taken it at the end, two very good teams and we move on with a point.
“We lacked the final ball in the first half, Bruno Fernandes is magnificently well at doing that but we lacked that and we could have won the game.
“We have started slowly the last three or four games, we said we needed to start brightly and if we did not we could be 3-0, 4-0 down by 30 minutes.
“A point is better than none, we maybe could have taken it towards the end. Tonight we showed a bit more about us but we know we need to improve to fight at the top.”
Solskjaer makes claim about performance
One man who was happy enough with United’s performance was manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who claimed it was the best his side have played against their rivals since he has been in charge.
“It was a tight game,” he said after the draw.
“I know we beat them a few times last season but those were different games. They had a few big moments.
“It’s two good teams. Tactically we knew they were going to give us some problems but defensively we were excellent.”