Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen blamed a lack of drive for the Potters' limp 2-0 home defeat to Manchester United at the weekend.
Tony Pulis' side have built a reputation in the last 12 months for being hard to play against at the Britannia Stadium which made Saturday's display and defeat all the more galling for the Denmark international.
He said: "I don't think we ever got in the game or had the normal drive and commitment of being close and in their faces.
"We didn't compete enough. We never caused them any problems. I don't think we had half a chance in the whole game and that's not good enough.
"When you give them space and are sitting back, they are going to pick their passes. Eventually they got through and got an easy goal. It is disappointing because I know we can do a lot better.
"It was not like the Chelsea game where we were close and we were at it. We never got going.
"It was hard shouting at the back and it just didn't really happen for us. We didn't ever get in the game and get some fluent play.
"We had a couple of corners and throw-ins from the halfway line, but I think that was it. Defensively we did a job, but going forward we didn't cause them any problems."