The Dutchman’s side went 3-2 up thanks to a superb Wayne Rooney goal ten minutes from time but Newcastle earned themselves a point thanks to a late deflected strike from Paul Dummett.
Man United’s attacking display was good but their defence was leaky, with Chris Smalling suffering from a bad day at the office at the back. Speaking after the match, van Gaal was adamant that his side were unlucky not to have won.
“We were unlucky, when you see the penalty for the second goal and when you see the third goal,” van Gaal said.
“When the ball is going where he [Dummett] shot then it is in the hands of De Gea. It clipped off Smalling and that took it past. It was unlucky.”
Newcastle’s last minute equaliser was excruciatingly unlucky, granted, but given the bucketload of chances that fell United’s way, the game should have been decided long before then. It felt like the footballing gods were rightly punishing van Gaal’s side for their wastefulness in front of goal.
And, in the interest of fairness, it’s worth noting that United received their own fair share of luck in the first half; the penalty that led to the opening goal was a bad call, and, at the other end, Newcastle should have been awarded a penalty themselves.