Manchester United made it three successive clean sheets in the Premier League at lunchtime against Newcastle at Old Trafford but drew a blank in front of goal despite forcing Tim Krul into eight saves.
Van Gaal believes the Red Devils can be more than satisfied with their overall performance but admitted they lacked a killer touch where it mattered.
“We can be satisfied with the performance but not with the result we were unlucky,” Van Gaal said.
“We did not make the right choices in the final third but we played fantastic as a team. I like these kind of games when we work like this, but not this result.
“The performance was one of the best in my period, but we don’t reward ourselves and there was only one club that wanted to win and that was us.”