Louis van Gaal was a disappointed man at the end of last night´s game – a classic Premier League encounter that ended up 3-3 with Newcastle scoring at the death with a left-foot thunderbolt from local lad Paul Dummett after 90 minutes.
And after the game the Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal praised Newcastle for their positive game tactics that produced a terrific Premier League for the neutral to watch.
Steve McClaren – Louis van Gaal on touchline last night
Newcastle were willing to attack and didn´t try to park the bus – which is why van Gaal thinks Manchester United have been accused of being boring this season – it´s obviously the opposition´s fault.
This is some of what the Dutch coach said after last night´s terrific game:
“Newcastle was attacking. They wanted to attack, and that is the difference. I am saying that all the time, but you are doubting my words and my vision.”
“When you see two teams who want to attack, then you see a game like this. But when you see a match that only one team wants to defend and wastes time and frustrates the opponent.”
“We have scored three goals and have one point. I have said in all my press conferences that you have to score one more goal than your opponent, and we didn’t do that.”
It was a good point for us given the circumstances of the game, when referee Mike Dean broke the deadlock after only 9 minutes and gave the Red Devils a very soft penalty when Mbemba was said to have handled the ball from a corner, but he wasn´t even looking at the ball.
How can that be deliberate hand-ball?
We need wins but the game last night showed our players have the guts and spirit in adversity to fight to safety in the Premier League this season.
We hope that happens.