West Ham’s Andy Carroll will be a handful – Man United’s Wayne Rooney
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney warns the Red Devils that West Ham United's Andy Carroll will be "a handful"
Wayne Rooney has warned Manchester United that Andy Carroll will be “a handful” when the Red Devils face West Ham United on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old striker managed just 11 goals in 58 appearances after joining Liverpool in a £35m deal from Newcastle United January 2011.
The England international moved on a season-long loan to the Hammers in August after Brendan Rodgers deemed Carroll surplus to requirements this term.
But Rooney believes the former Magpies striker poses a threat to any team, with Carroll netting his first goal of the season in a 3-1 loss to Tottenham on Sunday.
“Andy Carroll is a handful,” Rooney told United’s website.
“I am sure if you ask any defender, they find it difficult to play against someone like that who is good in the air and on the floor.
“He is physical and he makes it difficult. That type of player doesn’t always get all the goals but they can cause trouble up front and create problems. I am sure that is what Sam Allardyce wants him to do.”
United will be looking to stay in first place in the Premier League table ahead of rivals Chelsea and Manchester City, and Rooney is urging his team-mates to stay focused on their own clash against the Hammers.
“We know City and Chelsea will be looking out for our results as we look out for theirs,” added Rooney.
“But it is important for us to concentrate on our own performances and make sure we get the wins because there are a lot of games coming up. It is tough. I am sure the manager will use his squad. It will have to come through for him.”