Merson says this West Ham player was like a fish up a tree against Manchester United

Paul Merson

West Ham United lost to Manchester United in the FA Cup on Wednesday evening.

Former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson said on the Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports News HQ on Saturday afternoon (broadcast from 12pm, April 16) that West Ham United striker Andy Carroll was like a fish up a tree against Manchester United.

The England international striker started the FA Cup quarter-final replay at the Boleyn Ground on Wednesday evening and played for the entire 90 minutes.

The former Newcastle United and Liverpool striker failed to make a huge impact on the match, as United won the game 2-1 to progress to the semi-finals of the prestigious cup competition.

Carroll headed into the game against the Red Devils in good form, having scored a hat-trick against Arsenal at the Boleyn Ground in the Premier League last weekend.

The 27-year-old could start for West Ham against Leicester City away from home at the King Power Stadium in the league on Sunday afternoon.

While discussing the threat posed by Carroll against Leicester, former Arsenal attacker Merson said on the Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports News HQ on Saturday afternoon (broadcast from 12pm, April 16): “The thing is that no one does what Arsenal do.

“They were playing against Andy Carroll, they were letting them get crossing the ball, they were letting them get to the byline, Man United never let them do that once the other day. Poor old Carroll looked like a fish up a tree against Man United.”

Carroll has scored seven goals and created eight chances in 21 Premier League appearances so far this season.

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