Fulham boss Chris Coleman was left frustrated as his side, now with just five points from eight games, lost another game despite playing some attractive football.
Coleman, who left out Zat Knight for disciplinary reasons, said: “Maybe it would be better if we were playing poorly and not getting results as then we could improve.
“We gave some slack goals away, albeit against a very good Manchester United team. Offensively, they’re fantastic.
“We should have more points and football can be cruel but we can’t afford to feel sorry for ourselves. Charlton away in two weeks’ time is going to be another tough game. I’ll take a poor performance and a win.”
Coleman added: “There’s been a lot said about the Premiership and a lack of good attacking performances. I don’t think you can say that about us, but it’s not getting us anywhere at the moment.
“We’ve got to keep on believing in what we’re good at – passing and playing football in the right way. We’d have beaten most sides with two goals at home but it wasn’t to be.”