Marco Silva says Everton created enough openings to avoid returning from Old Trafford empty handed on Sunday afternoon.
Silva’s side fell behind against Manchester United when Paul Pogba scored on the rebound after his 27th-minute penalty was brilliantly saved by Jordan Pickford.
Anthony Martial doubled the hosts’ lead four minutes after the break. And despite Gylfi Sigurdsson converting from the spot with 13 minutes remaining, Everton were unable to extend their unbeaten Premier League run to a fourth match.
The Blues crafted a number of chances, with Theo Walcott and Richarlison both drawing fine reflex stops from David de Gea.
United ‘keeper De Gea also kept out a first-half Andre Gomes header and repelled further efforts from Sigurdsson and Walcott.
“We played and created chances… like I promised we would, we came here to try to do everything to win the match,” said manager Silva.
“We did not just wait and see what would happen, or try to block them and only be defensively organised, that is not out way.
“We did not deserve this result, that is clear. I felt we played well in some moments of the game – until the penalty the game was as we expected.
“It was balanced; they had a chance with a header from Juan Mata and we had a chance with Andre Gomes
“They were not comfortable because when we had the ball we created problems for them.”
Everton went into the contest off the back of three straight top-flight wins and traded chances with United during a lively opening 45 minutes.
Pogba’s breakthrough came after Idrissa Gana Gueye was deemed to have tripped Martial in the box – a decision with which Silva disagreed.
Pickford used his left hand to claw out Pogba’s initial strike but was powerless to do anything about the Frenchman rolling home the rebound.
Martial finished accurately into the bottom corner for United’s second – minutes before Everton attacker Bernard shot into the side netting after skipping past De Gea.
Richarlison was brought down by the sliding Chris Smalling following Sigurdsson’s incisive pass, opening the way for the Icelander to give Everton hope.
But the visitors – who matched United blow for blow, with the two teams aiming 14 shots apiece at goal – could not locate the second goal which would have seen them leave Manchester with a point to show for their efforts.
“We created four or five chances but only scored from the penalty and we have the quality to be better in those moments,” added Silva.
“In the last 10 minutes United had nine players on the edge of their box but we did not attack with quite enough quality, it was more with our hearts.
“We did not create big chances in those moments but United were defending very deep.
“We improved again in this match, though – not with the result, we are unhappy with the result – but we played our way. One penalty and one fantastic finish from Martial made the difference.
“If we had been more assertive [with our chances] we would have had a different result – we did enough to achieve that.”