Louis van Gaal rarely shows emotion in the Manchester United dugout - but the veteran Dutch coach couldn’t hide his extreme frustration after Jesse Lingard missed a golden opportunity to score against Newcastle on Tuesday night.
Lingard, who put the Red Devils 2-0 ahead at St James’ Park in the first half, could have made it 3-1 to United in the 55th minute when the ball fell to him inside the box. However, the 23-year-old’s curling effort sailed over the crossbar - much to the annoyance of his manager.
Van Gaal let out a frustrated roar and slammed himself against his seat, before subbing Lingard off less than 10 minutes later. (Scroll down this page to watch Van Gaal’s reaction).
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It proved a costly miss for the Red Devils, who went on to draw the match 3-3.
But Lingard wasn’t the only Manchester United player guilty of wasting a fantastic chance to put the visitors out of sight. Marouane Fellaini missed arguably an even easier chance to score later in the match, before Paul Dummett scored Newcastle’s equalising goal.
Video: Van Gaal's reaction to Lingard's miss
“We threw it away,” Van Gaal was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail after the match. “I am very disappointed.
“We have to blame ourselves because we could have finished the match much earlier with big chances for Jesse Lingard and (Marouane) Fellaini.
“We have scored three goals and have one point, nothing more. We had to win but we did not do it.”
Lingard has been one of United’s few bright sparks this season, but it might be a little while before fans see him back in the starting line-up.
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