David Moyes stood by his tactics after West Ham’s 1-0 defeat at Manchester United.
An own goal by Craig Dawson was enough for United and cemented their place in second, while Moyes’ team remained fifth in the table.
Hammers boss Moyes adopted a defensive approach at Old Trafford, where his side barely threatened – especially in the first half.
Michail Antonio was isolated up front for the visitors, with Jarrod Bowen operating in a deeper role.
But Moyes told Sky Sports: “We tried to keep Jarrod and Michail together.
“It started OK for a little while but then Manchester United grew into the game and caused us problems down the left with Luke Shaw.
“We got to half-time and I wanted to try and change it to try and stop that happening.”
Asked about the improvement after his attacking substitutions, Moyes said: “We were much better. But also Man United had a one-goal lead then so they had something to protect and to counter-attack on.”
The defeat was a big blow for the Hammers in their pursuit of a Champions League place, although they have played a game less than fourth-placed Chelsea.
Asked if, with hindsight, he would have done anything differently, Moyes simply replied: “No”.