Sky Sports pundit Tony Cascarino explains why Manchester United should not play Daley Blind at centre-back v West Ham

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Andy Carroll would love to face up against Daley Blind.

West Ham United take on Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground this evening in a crunch FA Cup quarter-final tie.

One Hammer who will be going into the game full of confidence will be striker Andy Carroll.

The England international striker had a fantastic game at the weekend, helping himself to a hat-trick as West Ham drew 3-3 with Arsenal at Upton Park.

He will be looking forward to taking on United today, with Dutchman Daley Blind surely on his mind.

Sky Sports pundit Tony Cascarino – himself a former bullish striker – believes United will need to reconsider playing Blind at centre-back this evening and called on Chris Smalling to step up.

The former Chelsea striker told Sky Sports News HQ earlier today (13/04/16):

“I’m not sure if United can play Daley Blind as a centre-back. If they do, they are asking for trouble.

“Because Andy will literally win every ball, every ball.

“Chris Smalling must get on him. The best header of the ball, the best physical presence they’ve got in the United back-line. For me Chris Smalling has got to take Andy Carroll.

“He has got to match him. Stand up to him. Because I can’t see Daley Blind being able to handle him as a centre-half.”

Blind is not a central defender by trade. A holding midfielder usually and an occasional left-back he has been used at centre back this season due to a combination of injury and player performances.

But West Ham striker Carroll will be wishing Blind starts at centre-half.

He will fancy his chances aerially against any of the best defenders in the world, let alone a short for the trade makeshift option.

Blind could be in for a tough night.

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