Manchester United gaffer Louis Van Gaal had referred to his side as 'boring' ahead of their midweek English Premier League (EPL) fixture against Newcastle United on Tuesday.
United played some brilliant football and netted thrice against The Magpies on Tuesday. Unfortunately, even after putting their nose ahead twice, the Red Devils surrendered the lead in those 90 frenetic minutes.
"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 said in the post-match interview to MUTV online.
Good news for the Red Devils is that their premier English forward Rooney is back in form. Not only did he score two goals, but he also claimed one assist as well. Rooney was frustrated after their thrilling draw against the Tyneside.
"I think after going 2-0 up we were in control of the game, and then we've let them back into it. I think they were silly goals to concede on our behalf and they were avoidable. They have cost us two points so we're disappointed," Rooney was quoted as saying by MUTV.
"We can't keep going on conceding three goals every game so we have to work on that and create the chances without giving goals away."
United opened the scoring from a spot-kick after Chancel Mbemba handled the ball in an aerial challenge with Marouane Fellaini inside the box. Rooney scored in their last fixture against Sheffield United from a penalty and scored again on Tuesday against The Magpies.
Fellaini found Rooney near the box from a through ball, but Rooney did not go on his own and he passed it on to Jesse Lingard who was shaping up to guide the ball past the Newcastle goalkeeper with a finesse shot. United went 2-0 up in the 38th minute.
Georginio Wijnaldum made an intelligent run looking at Fellaini who was trying to clear the ball out of danger with an header. Unfortunately, it landed on Wijnaldum's right feet and he had no problem whatsoever to blast it past David De Gea, who made his 200th appearance for the Red Devils.
Rooney scored a stunner in the 79th minute just from outside the box and took his tally to 14 goals against Newcastle in his career. One will agree that Van Gaal's side could have scored a lot more goals, but they missed their chances and that cost them two points.
Paul Dummett's deflected shot in the 89th minute helped The Tyneside to draw level in the game and avoid their fifth consecutive defeat.
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