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Fergie admits Carroll surprise

Sir Alex Ferguson is expecting Andy Carroll to be a handful when Manchester United face West Ham United on Wednesday, and has given his view on the striker's £35million move to Liverpool.

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Andy Carroll: Set to come up against Manchester United for West Ham in midweek

Andy Carroll: Set to come up against Manchester United for West Ham in midweek

Carroll was loaned out to the Hammers earlier this season, having joined Liverpool from Newcastle in a big-money deal in January 2011.

Ferguson respects the 23-year-old for his physical qualities but admits he found it surprising that the Reds paid so much for a relatively unproven player.

"He'd played not a lot of games for Newcastle and had to deal with a £35m transfer to a club like Liverpool," Ferguson said in the Sunday Mirror.

"He was young and it was quite a big jump for him for that kind of money. We've gambled on young players in the past, a couple of million, something like that.

"But when you get to that level of £35m, you need to do a bit more homework and see how he is in the second season, maybe.

"Now it's up to the boy to improve himself. He's a great header of the ball and very aggressive. He'll be a handful on Wednesday."

Ferguson has also suggested that Brendan Rodgers showed his inexperience by letting Carroll link up with West Ham on deadline day before he had signed a replacement.

"They were after Clint Dempsey, that didn't work out, and they had done the deal for Carroll," said the Red Devils boss. "Maybe it was something they did not expect.

"With the manager being young, maybe he expected the deal to go through and then it was not there and he had lost a player, too."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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