Martin O'Neill has insisted that defeat against Manchester United isn't something for his Villa side to lose too much sleep over.
Despite having gone seven games without a win, the Villa boss belives Sir Alex Ferguson's United are capable of regaining the Premiership this season.
The game itself saw Villa go down 3-0 at home as a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired United ran Villa ragged in the second period.
And O'Neill felt that the first goal from the Portugese winger early in the second half was the turning point.
He said: "We played well up until the first goal. We took the game to United and I thought we were giving as good as we were getting.
"But it was disappointing to lose the first goal in the fashion we did. We were attacking in their half, lost possession and Ronaldo runs a fair distance and scores at the second attempt.
"We lost a bit of shape after that. They then scored a terrific second goal through Scholes and we were chasing the game from then on.
"But we were up against a team that will be challenging very strongly for the Championship.
"I have the utmost respect and admiration for Sir Alex Ferguson. He is putting another team together who can challenge strongly.
"Eventually Manchester United beat us quite well but I'm not so sure the scoreline tells the whole story.
"They are a class side which we will hope to aspire to one day - but that is some distance off."