Manchester United manager David Moyes admitted his side did not deserve to go through to the Capital One Cup final after they were beaten on penalties by Sunderland at Old Trafford in the second leg of their semi-final tie.
Jonny Evans headed home in the first half to take the tie into extra-time only for Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley and United striker Javier Hernandez to score and take the game to spot-kicks, with the tie level at 3-3 on aggregate.
The two sides failed to convert seven penalties between them but it was the final miss by Rafael that proved costly.
Moyes was expected to comment on the fact United are understood to have tabled a £40m bid for Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata but he refused to do so and instead focused on the game itself.
"Credit to Sunderland, they played well and we didn't play well on the night," he told Sky Sports News.
"With a minute to go (with the aggregate score at 2-2) we thought we had got ourselves through. We got back in it and we had a chance with the penalty kicks but overall we didn't play well enough tonight.
"A lot of games this season we have played well and not had our rewards. We didn't really deserve anything tonight with how we played.
"When we had the moments and chances to get a second goal, we made the wrong decisions or didn't finish it off.
"But Sunderland played well and I have no problem with them going through, they deserved it."
Moyes refused to be too critical of goalkeeper David De Gea, despite his handling error allowing Bardsley to score in extra-time.
"David has been really good this season but people do make mistakes," added the Scotsman.
"It was a costly one and it looked as though we would have gone through. But that's football for you and that's how it is just now."
Moyes also admitted he was disappointed his side missed four out of five penalties in the shoot-out and was ready to take the flak for another disappointing display from his side.
"That was really poor and I expect better but it has happened," he said of the penalties.
As for criticism levelled against him personally, he concluded: "It is fair if you don't win at this football club, so I understand that totally.