By Wayne Veysey

12th Jan, 2016 | 10:28pm

Van Gaal slams Manchester United players for letting victory slip away

By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Louis van Gaal was furious with his players after Manchester United failed to win a Premier League classic against Newcastle on Tuesday night.

United produced arguably their most complete attacking display of the season as they cantered into a 2-0 lead, before the home side pulled it back to 2-2.

Wayne Rooney appeared to have clinched the three points with a screamer to make it 3-2 only for the visitors to be denied by a last-gasp equaliser from Paul Dummet that sealed a 3-3 draw for the ecstatic home side.

Van Gaal had a swipe at referee Mike Dean for awarding Newcastle a penalty after Chris Smalling bundled Aleksandar Mitrovic to the ground but was mostly annoyed at his own players.

“Of course it feels like a defeat,” the United manager told BT Sport afterwards. “We have given it away – I have told that to my players. When the referee gives a penalty for nothing – it is a duel I think and you cannot decide who is worse –  but we gave it away.

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“We could have scored six goals easily here and we did not. If we had, it would have been three successive wins at the start of the year going into Liverpool.”

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Van Gaal has been widely criticised for United’s sterile style of play this season that even the manager has admitted has been hard to watch at times.

But he denied that it was entertaining seeing his team deliver a more attacking performance on Tuesday night.

“It is not so interesting to create chances,” Van Gaal said. “In every press conference I say you have to score one more goal than the opponent.”