Unai Emery was disappointed but keen to keep perspective after Aston Villa’s Boxing Day loss against Manchester United.
The visitors looked primed to add to their 10-game unbeaten run when they led 2-0 at half-time. However, United scored three times after the break to snatch the victory.
“I’m disappointed but I’m taking experiences with the players,” Emery said, adding: “Some players have experiences and other have to play minutes, they have to get those experiences playing in the level we are.
“We are trying to face the opponent like tonight, against Manchester United, being competitive and close to them with the possibility to win. And we did it.
“We played the first 60 minutes being very competitive, controlling the game. When they scored the goal, with their supporters here as well, we were thinking they could feel stronger after their first goal and trying to come back the result.”
Emery was eager to move on quickly from the result at Old Trafford and is eyeing Saturday’s game against Burnley at Villa Park as a chance to bounce back.
He said: “The players were disappointed but our reaction can be against Burnley on Saturday – this is our next challenge we have to face after the result we had tonight.”