Updated: Friday, 6th December 2019 @ 8:37pm

Watch out, Andy Carroll 'is a handful': Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Anders Lindegaard urge caution

Watch out, Andy Carroll 'is a handful': Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Anders Lindegaard urge caution

By Dean Wilkins

After notching his first goal for West Ham on Sunday, Andy Carroll’s physical threat was emphasised ahead of his trip to Manchester United tomorrow – and Wayne Rooney and Anders Lindegaard are both wary of his danger.

The England striker unconventionally nodded in a consolation for the Londoners during their 3-1 loss with Tottenham – his first since being loaned out from Liverpool following his £35million flop.

And with Big Sam Allardyce’s Hammers flying during their Premier League return, international teammate Rooney is urging United defenders to keep a close eye on him.

"Andy Carroll is a handful," Rooney told Inside United. "I am sure if you ask any defender, they find it difficult to play against someone like that who is good in the air and on the floor.

“He is physical and he makes it difficult. That type of player doesn't always get all the goals but they can cause trouble up front and create problems.

“I am sure that is what Sam Allardyce wants him to do."

And as a goalkeeper, dealing with the boisterous presence of attackers and defender in the box is custom in the Premier League.

Stand-in keeper Lindegaard is anxious about West Ham’s aerial threat as their midfield look to pluck out Carroll with a bombardment of crosses.

"As a goalkeeper, you want as little to do as possible and it's a very different kind of football to deal with," Lindegaard told manutd.com. "You have to reset your mind when you play against Barcelona or Arsenal because there's a lot of short passing so you have to be on your toes in and around the box all the time.

"When you play against teams like West Ham, or Southampton and Stoke for example, it's a completely different picture. You have to be aware of crosses and get ready in your mind to deal with them.”

Following Manchester City’s goalless draw with Chelsea on Sunday, United recaptured the top spot and four-time league winner Rooney is confident his team can fend off their tough competitors.

"We know City and Chelsea will be looking out for our results as we look out for theirs," added Rooney. "But it is important for us to concentrate on our own performances and make sure we get the wins because there are a lot of games coming up.

“It is tough. I am sure the manager will use his squad. It will have to come through for him."

United have conceded 18 goals in 13 league games this season, their average over Premier League seasons is usually 29.

And Sir Alex Ferguson's sloppy back four were yet again penetrated for the first team by their opposition during their 3-1 over QPR on Saturday.

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