Darren Fletcher insists that Manchester United deserved more from their 1-0 Champions League defeat at Galatasaray on Tuesday.
A Burak Yilmaz header settled the match in the second half but a young Red Devils team had their share of the chances.
United went into the game with top spot in Group H already tied up, meaning that manager Sir Alex Ferguson was able to rest key players, but Fletcher still believes that the visitors warranted at least a point.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, the Scotland midfielder said: “There were difficult conditions. The pitch wasn’t great, it was an intimidating atmosphere.
“We came here and I think we played extremely well, especially in the first half. As soon as they got the goal they slowed the game down, committed fouls, a lot of tactical fouls.
“They got behind the ball in the second half, which made it difficult, but we really should have got the goal in the first half as we had great opportunities on the counterattack.”
United defender Phil Jones, who made his first appearance of the season in Turkey, was in full agreement with his team-mate, underlining the fact that his side had enough chances to score.
“We should have switched on and dealt with the ball but it does happen,” Jones said of Burak’s goal.
“We got punished from a set-piece and that shouldn’t happen, it’s not our game.
“We still had chances to get a goal and to go on and draw if not win the game. It wasn’t our night.
“We need to have a look at the video and see where we went wrong. I thought we played well tonight in patches and thought we were unfortunate not to take the lead.”