Marco Silva wants Fulham to build on a ‘brilliant’ first season back the big time by not resting on their laurels over the summer.

The Cottagers head coach felt his side didn’t deserve to lose at Old Trafford after taking the lead through a Kenny Tete header before Aleksandar Mitrovic had a spot kick saved by David de Gea. That miss proved crucial as Jadon Sancho equalised just before half time and a winner from Bruno Fernandes saw United seal third spot.

Silva said he was proud of Fulham’s performance both this afternoon and across the whole of a campaign where the Whites were tipped for relegation.

“We had very good moments in this game. The season has been fantastic for this football club. Everyone said Fulham were favourites to go down but we fought for something more. But it has been a brilliant season. We kept our identity and my team plan – in our style and in our way.

Now we have to keep the standards and we can’t stand still, not at this level. We have to still improve both on and off the pitch but that is normal in football.”