However, the second half was Manchester United’s in terms of possession, but Newcastle defended stoutly and deserved the point they took.
Van Gaal’s men did produce some good spells towards the end of the game with Juan Mata, Michael Carrick and Javier Hernandez all going close but it wasn’t to be. “I have chosen Chicharito [Hernandez], because he is another type from Rooney, and we have also Fellaini, who is another type, then I have Wilson and Januzaj, so I don’t think we need a striker“.
Despite Van Gaal’s conviction that De Gea will remain at United, the player continues to be linked with a move away, and has not played a game for United this season due to the distraction caused by the transfer rumours.
When asked about Rooney’s performances as the sole striker, he added: “He has to do what the striker has to do in our system and he does that, so I am very satisfied with him“.
Memphis, as he prefers to be known, scored twice in United’s 3-1 win against Club Brugge in the Champions League qualifiers, their first match in the competition since the 2013/14 season.
“I think you could see how committed he (Coloccini) is”, he said.
The draw highlighted the desperate need for the Dutchman to strengthen his attack as Wayne Rooney again struggled at the head of the attack.
United had 20 shots against Steve McClaren’s side, eight of which were on target, but were unable to continue their winning start to the new season.
The United captain hasn’t scored since April 4 which has seen his goalless streak now run to 10 games, while he was unlucky on Saturday after seeing an effort chalked off for offside against Newcastle.
“But I am more pleased how solid we were at the back”.
United failed to sign Spain global Pedro Rodriguez in mid-week, losing out to rivals Chelsea, although Van Gaal claimed that signing the former Barcelona winger was not a priority.
“It was Van Gaal who made me an worldwide player”.
“But it is also football and I have said already many times you need more equipment to help the referees and linesmen because it is not easy”.