Eddie Howe says he was satisfied with Bournemouth's performance despite going down 1-0 away at Manchester United on Wednesday.

Howe pleased despite defeat

Howe pleased despite defeat

The Cherries saw their winless run extended to five games as Romelu Lukaku's 25th minute goal made the difference for the Red Devils.

Next up is Sunday's visit of Liverpool, a fixture Howe's men dramatically won last season, before games against Chelsea, Manchester City, West Ham and Everton to round off the year.

The 40-year-old admitted the defeat at Old Trafford was tough to take but insisted he was encouraged by how his players acquitted themselves.

"We're disappointed because we've been beaten, but I'm really pleased with the performance," he told the club's official website. "I thought we were very good today and were very disciplined out of possession.

"We were also very good with the ball and created numerous chances.

"We really did establish ourselves in the game very early and there were some really good individual performances today. The team functioned very well."