SINGAPORE- A one-point return from White Hart Lane would have been welcomed under normal circumstances, but then again, Manchester United's season can hardly be classified as "normal".
With Arsenal winning at Cardiff over the weekend, the Red Devils find themselves a massive nine points behind the leaders, 13 games into the campaign.
The irony was that there was plenty about United's performance to feel optimistic about.
Twice, they fell behind, but on both occasions they fought back to eventually draw 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
On top of the grit shown, there was also the sizzling form of Wayne Rooney, who seemed to be prospering with or without hotshot striker Robin van Persie.
While they may be unbeaten in 12 games in all competitions, they remain outside the top four, with even Southampton ahead of them on goal difference.
The situation looks precarious, and United manager David Moyes is under no illusions as he expressed his "concern".
"I think the way we are at the moment, we have to win all of our games," he said.