Boos rung out around Old Trafford in the aftermath of the stalemate, which the Magpies actually had a chance to win in the final minute. This was after an encounter that the Red Devils had dominated, but failed to find a way past Tim Krul.
“We can be satisfied with the performance but not with the result – we were unlucky,” said van Gaal, “We did not make the right choices in the final third but we played fantastic as a team. I like these kind of games when we work like this, but not this result.”
“The performance was one of the best in my period, but we don’t reward ourselves and there was only one club that wanted to win and that was us.”
The Dutchman was also critical of the offside decision which saw Wayne Rooney have a goal disallowed. The England captain has now failed to score since April.
“Wayne scored only it was not allowed,” the 63-year-old said, “When you see the television, it is very doubtful so you need eyes.”
“It is doubtful and the rules are that when it is doubtful then do not flag. But it is also football and I have said already many times you need more equipment to help the referees and linesmen because it is not easy.”
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The 0-0 against the Toon brought to an end the winning start that United had made to the campaign, and they have a tougher three games coming up in the Premier League. After they play the second leg of their Champions League qualifier with Club Brugge, van Gaal will have to face Swansea City, Liverpool, and Southampton. The trio may be a better test of where the club is at the moment than their first three encounters.