Eamonn Holmes reckons Andy Carroll should've been arrested for his horror tackle on Man United star Christian Eriksen.
Eriksen was sent crashing to the ground by Carroll during United's FA Cup clash against Reading. And the sliding scissors kick Carroll performed from behind forced Eriksen out of the game, and out of action for the bulk of the season while he recovers from the ankle injury he suffered.
Surprisingly Carroll, who was later sent off for picking up two yellows after wildly fouling Tyrell Malacia and Casemiro, escaped punishment for his lunge on the Denmark international. However, TV pundit Holmes thinks a red card wouldn't have sufficed for the challenge on Eriksen, and insisted cuffs should've been slapped on the towering forward instead.
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The die-hard United fan raged on GB News while assessing the impact of Eriksen's absence, which was evident during their 2-2 draw with Leeds on Wednesday night: "I think Andy Carroll should've been arrested for what he did to Eriksen, I really do. It was an absolutely horrendous foul, an awful tackle and it is going to impact on our season big time – last night being an example because the defence and attack was not joined up with Eriksen missing."
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A slew of United fans were also incensed by Carroll's reckless challenge, with one supporter branding it 'criminal' on Twitter. To make matters worse for United, they'll have to do without Eriksen's midfield partner Casemiro also for another two games, following his red card against Crystal Palace.
And the pair's absence has led United fans to demand the club find replacements swiftly to keep their push for a top-four spot on course. But after the Red Devils missed the chance to sign a midfielder in January's transfer window, they'll be forced to find an alternative from within their ranks, with club veteran Tom Huddlestone – the club's U21 player/coach – ticking the boxes for some desperate fans.
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