Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal faces the biggest game of his tenure this evening, when the lads travel to Upton Park one last time. Champions League football is now back in our hands, but ahead of the game, the Iron Tulip has admitted he is worried about West Ham’s Andy Carroll.
‘I am very worried about that [Carroll]. I am always organising. We always have a meeting about that – every game – and it also takes a long time to organise it well.” Louis van Gaal said.
One man Louis van Gaal is going to miss is Marouane Fellaini. The much-maligned Belgian would have been able to cope with the physicality and sheer height of Andy Carroll, but without his presence, the team are going to have to put in a real combined effort to stop him.
It also depends on what kind of mood Carroll himself is in. If he’s feeling up for it, he can be almost unstoppable. Chris Smalling and Daley Blind have a real job on their hands tonight, and they’ll have to concentrate from minute one.
West Ham are a side who are massively improving at the moment, and although Carroll will prove to be a menace, we also have to keep an eye on the likes of Dimitri Payet who has been scintillating all year.