Aaron Hughes insists that Fulham need to move on from Saturday's disappointing defeat at Old Trafford and finish the season as strong as possible.

Manchester United were worthy winners with Dimitar Berbatov and Antonio Valencia on target in a 2-0 win.

"Old Trafford is a difficult place to get anything from, never mind when you go behind by two goals," explained Aaron to fulhamfc.com. "We are obviously very frustrated by how the game went and to be fair to United they did enough didn't they?

"They kept the ball well and made the most of their advantage, which is what you expect. It was disappointing to concede so early because we had made a decent start. The second goal was very unfortunate and perhaps we could have done a bit more.

"The second-half was better, and had we managed to pull one back from a few of the chances that we had, maybe things could have been a bit different. But United showed why they are leading the way this season."

Manchester United maintained their leading margin at the top of the Barclays Premier League table as a result; impressive too was the performance of former Fulham defender Chris Smalling who did well against the threat of Bobby Zamora and Mousa Dembélé.

"We all knew how good Chris was, and he's done very well since moving to United last summer," he added. "He came to Fulham relatively inexperienced, having come in from playing non-league football, and three years later he's potentially on the verge of winning the title.

"A lot of credit should be given, because from day one he's worked extremely hard. It's good to see him doing well, although on Saturday that came at our expense. He's come a long way and he's only going to get better and better."

With six games of the 2010/11 season remaining, Hughes expects to see his team bounce back with matches against Wolves, Bolton and Sunderland offering an interesting end to the month.

"With no game this weekend, we have plenty of time to go away and prepare for what is an important run of fixtures," said Aaron. "We're two points away from the 40-point marker, which is traditionally the cut off point for league safety.

"We'll have to see if that is the marker again this season, what with the league being so tight. But there's no mistake that those are big games for us and hopefully we can put the defeat at Old Trafford behind us and end the season in a strong position.

"Certainly, if we can come away from those three games with a couple of wins then we'll be in a good place for the final run-in. It will be a challenge, but one we'll be ready to meet."

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