James was beaten twice by Cristiano Ronaldo on his 500th appearance and said: "He's a talented player and it was a decent strike, so credit to him. It was a masterclass from them really. They are the best team in the country and at their best I don't think anyone will beat them.
"The pitch was not good but they were stroking it around like it was a snooker table. It was a good team we were playing. I looked at the clock after 13 minutes and thought it could be an interesting evening. At 2-0 it is easy because they are comfortable.
"But they still play and they still create chances. Maybe we didn't test Edwin Van der Sar enough but they looked good. If it wasn't for that bit of brilliance it would have been 1-0 and we would have had a chance of being in it.
"It's a landmark for me and I'm delighted with it, but I could have done with it being a win."
But his England pal Rio Ferdinand offered him a few crumbs of comfort.
James said: "You come to United and hope to get something. When you look at how they played, a 2-0 defeat wasn't actually that bad. I spoke to Rio Ferdinand and said we could possibly have played a bit better, and he said we did okay.
"Everyone talks about Ronaldo but he was saying Scholesy is their man. When he had the ball he looked scary. Then there was him and Vidic who won everything every time it went forward.
"We have to put it out of our minds and look forward to Chelsea on Saturday."