By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Wayne Rooney was despondent after Manchester United failed to win a Premier League classic against Newcastle on Tuesday night.
The United skipper delivered arguably his best performance of the season, scoring twice and assisting once as the visitors took a 2-0 lead and were then 3-2 ahead in the closing minutes.
But a last-gasp equaliser from Paul Dummet sealed a 3-3 draw for the ecstatic home side in what was a thrilling encounter.
“It does feel like a defeat,” Rooney told BT Sport afterwards. “After scoring three good goals, it was maybe a lack of concentration – not staying with runners for the third – and that is disappointing.
“If you take a two-goal lead, we should be taking all three points and killing the game off. We didn’t take all our chances and we have been punished for it.”
Louis van Gaal has been widely criticised by former Manchester United players this season for the team’s sterile playing style but Rooney denied that was a deliberate tactic by the manager.
The skipper said: “We always want to try and play entertaining attacking football that is what we work on and try and do, and hopefully we can come up with more solutions.”
Rooney has now scored in United’s last three matches to increase his goal tally for the season to 11, five of which have come in the Premier League.