Carroll should have seen red for De Gea challenge, says angry Ferguson

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes West Ham striker Andy Carroll should have been sent off for his late challenge on goalkeeper David De Gea during the 2-2 draw between the sides on Wednesday evening, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Carroll was not shown so much as a yellow card as he flattened the Spanish stopper, also taking out United defender Patrice Evra as he launched himself towards goal in an attempt to convert a West Ham corner.

The referee spoke to Carroll prior to the taking of the set-piece after the striker tussled with his England colleague, Wayne Rooney, and the pair were seen laughing about their minor altercation soon after.

But Ferguson felt there was nothing minor about the way in which Carroll steamrollered De Gea, claiming a red card was in order – and would have been shown if the referee was not so weak.

Ferguson said: “[West Ham] are very, very aggressive, as we’ve seen tonight. It’s ball in the air most of the time. You hope there’s a strong referee. I’m not so sure we got that. It’s obviously a red card but the referee has seen different.

Sam Allardyce, the West Ham manager, was not happy with the officiating either, criticising the assistant referee for not flagging Robin van Persie offside as he turned in United’s second, equalising goal.

West Ham had twice been in front, first when Ricardo Vaz Te turned in Carroll’s header and later through a powerful Mohamed Diame shot. But Antonio Valencia scored to level Vaz Te’s opener before van Persie’s controversial strike.

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