Louis van Gaal is the 'best man' for Manchester United, says Steve McClaren after Newcastle dig deep at Old Trafford

  • Steve McClaren's Newcastle side frustrated Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, battling for a point in a 0-0 draw
  • McClaren has insisted that United boss Louis van Gaal is still the right man for the job though, and tipped his counterpart to mount a title push
  • Former United midfielder Paul Scholes believes that his old team fell well short of expectations in their performance against Newcastle
  • Toon captain Fabricio Coloccini, linked with a move away from St James' Park this summer, produced a fine individual display

Steve McClaren ended Louis van Gaal's 100 per cent start to the new season and then backed the Dutchman to restore Manchester United to their former glory.

McClaren was at Sir Alex Ferguson's side when United won the Treble in 1999 and then, as a manager in his own right in Holland and Germany, saw Van Gaal win league titles with AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich.

And the Newcastle boss insists that United have chosen the right man to lead them back to the top of English football.

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren (right) has backed Louis van Gaal for success at Manchester United

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren (right) has backed Louis van Gaal for success at Manchester United

Newcastle defender Chancel Mbemba (left) tussles for possession with United's Luke Shaw at Old Trafford

Newcastle defender Chancel Mbemba (left) tussles for possession with United's Luke Shaw at Old Trafford

'Anybody coming in would find it difficult because Manchester United is an institution and it was run by Sir Alex,' said McClaren. 'But I think Louis van Gaal is the best man – if anyone can turn it around, he can.

'I looked from the outside and felt it needed someone of his stature and character to come in here. I've seen him do it in Holland and Germany.

MATCH FACTS AND RATINGS:  

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Romero 6; Darmian 6.5 (Valencia 77min); Smalling 7; Blind 6; Shaw 6.5; Schweinsteiger 5.5 (Carrick 59, 6), Schneiderlin 5; Mata 5.5, Januzaj 5 (Hernandez 67, 5.5), Depay 6.5; Rooney 6. 

Subs not used: Young, Herrera, McNair, Johnstone. 

Booked: Darmian, Shaw.

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Krul 7.5; Mbemba 5.5, Taylor 7.5, Coloccini 8, Haidara 6.5; Obertan 5 (Thauvin 69, 6.5), Colback 7, Anita 7; Wijnaldum 7, Perez 6.5 (Tiote 78), Mitrovic 6.5 (Cisse 88). 

Subs not used: Williamson, De Jong, Aarons, Thauvin, Darlow. 

Booked: Haidara, Obertan.

Man of the match: Fabricio Coloccini.

Referee: Craig Pawson 7.

SUPER STAT: Wayne Rooney’s disallowed goal against Newcastle means that he has not scored for United in 14 hours and 18 minutes of play. 

'He started at Bayern Munich and the first six months were not very good but then he built and won the league.

'It will be totally different because there's a new philosophy here. That takes time to bed in and grow.'

United lacked a cutting edge against Newcastle and Van Gaal now has seven days before the transfer window closes to decide if he needs another striker to ease the burden on Wayne Rooney.

His claims that United's performance in a drab goalless draw was 'fantastic' drew a withering response from former Old Trafford favourite Paul Scholes.

'He said 'fantastic' a few times but I don't think there was anything fantastic about it at all,' observed Scholes. 'At home to Newcastle you are expected to win the game. Their goalkeeper has had one save to make, and that is not fantastic.

'With the money the manager has been given, he needs to produce and needs to do it this season.' 

Newcastle certainly deserve credit for a magnificent defensive display led by their captain Fabricio Coloccini. 

Magpies goalkeeper Tim Krul (right) was rarely troubled by United's attack at Old Trafford on Sunday 

Magpies goalkeeper Tim Krul (right) was rarely troubled by United's attack at Old Trafford on Sunday 

United captain Wayne Rooney has struggled for form so far this season and is yet to score 

United captain Wayne Rooney has struggled for form so far this season and is yet to score 

The Argentine was strongly linked with Crystal Palace before signing a new contract earlier this month, and McClaren admitted: 'There was a point where we thought he might well be going, most definitely.

'There were offers on the table. We said 'Sort him out, and get him back on board' and the club has done that.

'There has been a lot of talk about signings this summer but, for me, that was the best one.'

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini (right) produced a fine individual display against United 

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini (right) produced a fine individual display against United 

 

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