Man United were denied a third win on the trot after Paul Dummett lashed in a last gasp deflected equaliser for the home side.
Van Gaal’s side failed to wrap up the match on a number of occasions, with Wayne Rooney, Jesse Lingard and Marouane Fellaini all missing golden chances to put the game beyond the Magpies’ reach. Speaking after the clash, van Gaal bemoaned United’s inability to kill Newcastle off.
“We could have scored six goals here, I think, there were big possibilities so when you then lose two points then that is very sad,” van Gaal said.
United looked a different creature to the one that plodded along against Sheffield United last Saturday, and really ought to have won easily with the number of chances they managed to carve out.
Rooney dragged a one-on-one chance wide in the first half, Lingard skied a tap in after some neat work by Anthony Martial and Ander Herrera, and Fellaini, with all the goal to aim at, planted his header into the midriff of Newcastle’s keeper.
As it was van Gaal’s side, for all their newly found verve and tenacity, they still lacked the conviction to put the game out of sight and they paid the price.