Monday 5 December 2016

'We threw it away' - Van Gaal hits out at players as Newcastle snatch late equaliser

Published 12/01/2016 | 22:34

Manchester United's (left to right) Wayne Rooney, Matteo Darmian, Marouane Fellaini and Morgan Schneiderlin look dejected after the Barclays Premier League match at St James' Park
Manchester United's (left to right) Wayne Rooney, Matteo Darmian, Marouane Fellaini and Morgan Schneiderlin look dejected after the Barclays Premier League match at St James' Park

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal hit out at his players as they conceded a late equaliser in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Newcastle at St James' Park.

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Unlikely hero Paul Dummett snatched a precious point for relegation-threatened Newcastle as United twice squandered the lead.

Dummett drilled home a superb 90th-minute equaliser to end a run of four successive defeats in all competitions after Wayne Rooney looked to have claimed the points for the visitors.

Rooney had opened the scoring with a ninth-minute penalty and Jesse Lingard made it 2-0 eight minutes before the break.

Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic gave the home side hope and although Rooney scored again 11 minutes from time, Dummett's late intervention denied Louis van Gaal victory on a night when he may well have been angry, but far from bored.

United have been accused of being dull to watch under Van Gaal this season, but they were anything but that in a game that was exhilarating from start to finish.

The United boss insisted his side are “always attacking” as he spoke about his side’s latest display, with his annoyance evident in his post-match interview with BT Sport.

“We threw it away, you have to finish the game,” he said.

“We could have made six goals and they were big possibilities. When you then lose two points, it is very sad. It is our own fault.”

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren offered a much more upbeat version of the game, as he praised his side's battling spirit as they snatched a late point.

“Fantastic, what a reaction from them, we never gave up,” said former United assistant manager McClaren. “Boring United? They are not boring.”

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