Aston Villa's Wilfred Bouma admits he and his team-mates were left open-mouthed at the sublime quality of Cristiano Ronaldo's goal that set Manchester United on their way to a comprehensive 4-0 victory at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The Villa left-back says his side will spend a day or two on their post-match analysis to try to pinpoint why their club has such a problem in defeating the Red Devils - a hoodoo with Manchester United that means Villa have not won at Old Trafford for 25 years.
The former PSV star felt partly responsible for Villa's first goal which was conceded from a corner but says there was little he and his team-mates could do about the others which highlighted the quality of Sir Alex Ferguson's multi-million pound title-contenders.
Bouma, who played 80 minutes of the match before making way for Isaiah Osbourne, said: "I thought we started the game well but then we conceded a goal from a corner. I think Gareth Barry went for the ball and unfortunately it hit my body.
"I am angry with myself because I was involved in that moment but suddenly the ball came in front of Ronaldo's feet and only quality players can score like that.
"In fact I don't even think quality players can do that - to score with a back-heel like that with the small amount of space that he had around him. It was unbelievable."
He continued: "We were one down but felt we were still in the game at that point. We had a few chances but we gave a lot away and that is not normally the case this season."
A dejected Bouma added: "The only positive we can take from the game is that it was not 7-0. We can make it really difficult for the top teams and we have done this season but for some reason we still find Manchester United difficult. Still it was only 4-0! We have to think about the following game now and Bolton next Saturday.
"Over the next couple of days we will have a look and a talk about what has gone wrong. Things have gone wrong and because we are a quality side we want to improve."
Manager Martin O'Neill surprised many with his bold team selection in which Nigel Reo-Coker had a debut role at right back for the injured Craig Gardner. He also moved Olof Mellberg to his preferred centre-back role and played four up front, giving Marlon Harewood his first league start.
Bouma said: "I didn't know Nigel was going to be dropping to right back. I was away all week with Holland and got back to England only on Friday.
"We did not have many options really in that position and I think Nigel did really well. I think he was the best player in our side so compliments to him.
"I think he has only ever played there in training and we saw then that he could do that role. Nigel is a quality player with a lot of experience even though he is still only young and he can adapt to anything."
Bouma, who believes Villa can still qualify for Europe through the InterToto route despite suffering their third defeat on the bounce, added: "We want to try to get our momentum back now. It is the first time we have been in this situation for a long time.
"We don't know what it feels like to suffer three defeats in a row. The only good thing is that we have enough points on the board. We want to get back to winning again, after all that is what you play for."
* Villa youngster Nathan Delfouneso scored a late equaliser for England Under-17s as they fought back to draw 2-2 with Israel in their European Championship Group Three clash.