Ben Davies on the positives for Tottenham after Manchester United loss

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The defender was keen to highlight the positives after Old Trafford defeat, but admits everyone is down.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Ben Davies has told the club’s official website that there are positives to be taken from the opening day defeat to Manchester United.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were beaten 1-0 in Saturday’s early kick off, with a Kyle Walker own goal handing victory to the hosts in the Premier League’s first fixture of the new season.

However, Spurs deserved more than to leave Old Trafford without anything to show for their efforts, having dominated proceedings early on and limited Louis Van Gaal’s side to just one shot on target throughout.

And Davies was keen to highlight the positives to be taken from the performance, despite the fact Tottenham were left empty handed.

"I think you’ve got to look at the positives from a situation like this," he told tottenhamhotspur.com.

"We kept the ball well, we could have got forward a bit quicker but we were never out of control of the game and we just couldn’t seem to find pass or strike to get a goal.”

Solid in defence

A further positive to be taken from the display was the side's new-found defensive solidity, with their rebuilt centre-half partnership looking like a strong one.

Jan Vertonghen was partnered by summer signing Toby Alderweireld at the heart of the defence for the game against United, with the Belgium international teammates clearly at ease alongside each other and aware of the other's strengths and weaknesses.

And Davies was keen to praise Spurs' defending in the game, although he admits the mood in the camp is low following the defeat.

"We were solid defensively, dealt with crosses coming in and the threat that was in front of us,” he added.

"We put the effort in and restricted them to a few chances. The goal was one of our mistakes, not them beating us with a bit of skill. Everyone is down. We’ll have a day or two to evaluate and then it’s back to the training ground."

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