The Reds were 2-0 up in the first half before being pegged back to level terms after the break when Newcastle were awarded a penalty. A tussle in the box between Chris Smalling and Aleksandar Mitrovic resulted in referee Mike Dean awarding a spot kick to the home team, a decision van Gaal clearly did not agree with.
Having then retaken the lead through a stunning Wayne Rooney strike, Man United were expected to see the game out and take all three points back to Manchester. However, Paul Dummett’s deflected 90th minute strike meant the spoils were shared and the manager was left to rue missed chances.
Speaking after the game, the Dutchman said: “We have given it away – I have told that to my players. When the referee gives a penalty for nothing – it is a duel I think and you cannot decide who is worse – but we gave it away.”
He was also very frank in his assessment of the nature of the draw, adding: “Of course it feels like a defeat.”
Van Gaal has come under immense scrutiny in recent times for the nature of football his side have been playing, which has been dull to say the least. Against the Geordies, there was a clear attacking intent from Man United but the defence could not match the forward’s display, resulting in a disappointing scoreline.
United have to pick themselves up and switch their focus to another away game on Sunday, a massive clash against Liverpool at Anfield. The game obviously means a lot to the fans and another attacking display would be welcomed, so long as the Reds can stay solid at the back and come away with three points.