Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal felt his side were unlucky not to beat Newcastle at Old Trafford.
The Reds were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw in front of their own fans but Van Gaal still felt that Man United played ‘fantastic,’ despite the result.
United created, and missed, a whole host of chances to take the lead against the Geordies but could not quite do enough to get the three points.
Speaking after the game, Van Gaal chose to look at the positives and is not panicking after dropping points for the first time this season.
When asked about the chances his side scuppered and whether more quality is needed up front for United, the manager said: “It’s also luck.
“I think it was a great dribble by Chicharito after getting the ball. I think you also need luck in football and it’s not only what you say about quality. I think the quality in the third phase in the crossing positions, we didn’t do so good, we didn’t make the right choices.”
The Dutchman was adamant that he was happy with the performance put in by his players and added that the result was the only disappointing part of the afternoon.
He added: “But we played fantastic as a team and we have fought until the end and that’s fantastic to see. I like this type of game, only the result was bad.”
Many United fans will disagree with Van Gaal’s assessment of the display by the Reds. There was a huge sense of frustration at full-time with many supporters feeling their side could have played better.
On many occasions during David Moyes’ tenure as United boss, fans were unhappy at his satisfaction with poor performances. The same could be said about Van Gaal after the game against Newcastle, where anything but a win should be seen as a failure.
Time, and performances, will tell if United were simply undone by bad luck and Van Gaal will be hoping it turns around in time for the trip to Brugge on Wednesday.