West Ham boss Slaven Bilic was reminded of Paul Scholes by Andy Carroll’s hat-trick goal against Arsenal.
Carroll scored three first-half goals against Arsenal during the 3-3 draw between the two sides on Saturday, with the striker proving a constant thorn in the Gunners’ side.
The 27-year-old impressed at Upton Park as he continues his quest to be named in England’s squad for this summer’s European Championship, and manager Bilic was impressed by his performance at the weekend.
“I know that he is motivated. Especially after Saturday – he can’t wait to go back out there.
“OK, he scored a hat-trick and all that, but it was not just that he was in or around the box waiting for crosses.
“Take his third goal: He took a ball as a left winger, kept the ball – kept it that we could go out a little bit, because we defended – then switched sides with a diagonal ball, like Paul Scholes used to. Then he was in the box.
“So it was not only the goals.”
West Ham face Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final replay at Upton Park, with a place in the Wembley semi-finals against Everton at stake.
“We’re going to try to make this game like a normal game, but the players know it’s a special game we are in, psychologically and physically.
“I don’t think it’s going to be a chip on the shoulder for us. I think it will be a boost and it’s going to put us in a position where we’re going to be even more motivated in a positive way.
“Not over-motivated, in that you shrink a little bit and all that, or lose composure or shape or anything — we’re experienced enough in that.”