Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick inisists the club is improving on the pitch despite the shock FA Cup exit to Middlesbrough.
The defeat by the Championship side ended any realistic hope of United winning their first domestic silverware since 2017.
It was the fifth time in 11 games under Rangnick that United had failed to win.
“I’m absolutely convinced we’re playing on a higher level than we used to play a couple of weeks ago,” said Rangnick.
“Both in possession and if the other team is in possession, the team has improved.”
United have moved up from seventh to fourth in the Premier League table since Rangnick took over.
The 63-year-old is philosophical about the immediate outlook for the club, which he will lead to the end of the season before taking on a two-year consultancy.
That role will include offering advice on who Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s permanent replacement as manager should be.