Manchester United threw game away against Newcastle, says LVG
Louis van Gaal bemoans Manchester United throwing away a two-goal lead against the Magpies
January 13th, 2016
Manchester United supporters had to pinch themselves on Tuesday night as the team broke off the shackles to lead 2-0 at St James’ Park.
However, Newcastle pegged them back to 2-2 and then scored a last-gasp equaliser after Wayne Rooney had restored United’s lead. It was hard for Louis van Gaal to take.
“Of course it feels like a defeat … we are very disappointed, we’ve lost very expensive points,” said the United boss.
“We have only ourselves to blame because we could have won this match. We missed big chances to win it. We were the better team. We have scored three goals but only have one point. So now is the defence weak? No. We were unlucky in decisions of the referee and a deflected shot and we did not finish our chances.
“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.
“Newcastle only wanted to attack. You see two teams who want to attack. We saw a fantastic game tonight.”