Manchester United settled for a disappointing 3-3 draw after a thriller of a game. In an exciting night of eventful football, the Magpies crushed United in the second half and eventually succeeded in stealing away the victory from the away team.
It was a gutting full time score as United could have easily won the fixture. Blaming Fellaini and Lingard for missing two massive sitters, the fans seemed raged. Smalling was also in the worst of his form this season.
When asked about United’s result, the gaffer said, “We threw it away. You have to finish the game much earlier. The referee gave a penalty and I think it was a duel – I have seen the video and you can see Mitrovic was pushing the head of Smalling. When you both do that you cannot decide which is worse, I think, but the referee did not lose our game. We lost it by ourselves.”
Van Gaal accepts that the players are themselves to be blamed for the sad end to the game. “We were unlucky, when you see the penalty for the second goal and when you see the third goal.
When the ball is going where he [Paul Dummett] shot then it is in the hands of De Gea. It clipped off Smalling and that took it past. It was unlucky. Before that we were running behind and you have to push forward, you have to push the ball under pressure and we didn’t do that. Then you get these kinds of things’’, said the Dutchman.
“They have to finish of course but it is always difficult. Rooney also had a very big chance in the first half. 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. Also, everybody knows it is our own fault. It was not the referee or the opponent. We did it ourselves.”
LvG seemed let down by the result and accepts the faults and errors done by the lads. The manager is now looking forward to the game at Anfield. “It is a very big game for Manchester United but also for Liverpool. Now, I am still with my mind on this game and that is not such a happy ending’’, exclaimed the boss.