In the run-up to the halftime whistle at Upton Park on Wednesday night, Liverpool loanee Andy Carroll began demanding attention.
The West Ham and England striker was twice involved in unsavoury incidents.
First off Carroll appeared to kick Wayne Rooney as the pair jostled side-by-side as they waited for a free-kick to be delivered. Then, moments later, Carroll left Man United keeper David De Gea poleaxed as the centre-forward headbutting the Spaniard from another set play.
The two incidents were both controversial, yet Carroll managed to avoid getting a booking on both counts.
Footage of Andy Carroll’s headbutt on David De Gea can be seen below, followed by some of the best Tweets on whether the ponytailed attacker should have been dismissed for an early bath.
“It was either an accident or a jail sentence” – Gary Neville on Andy Carroll’s assault on David De Dea
— Craig Norwood (@CraigNorwood) April 17, 2013
Carroll should have been sent off, a few times, but our equalising goal was offside. Masnt gramblwe.
— Scott (@R_o_M) April 17, 2013
Ferguson on Carroll flattening De Gea: ‘It’s an obvious red card’
— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceIndy) April 17, 2013
That “challenge” from Carroll on De Gea, its a red card. All day everyday. The rule book would say so too.
— Robert Leightley (@MoyesyRob) April 17, 2013
This Carroll and De Gea clash is doing my head in. Carroll has his eyes on the ball the whole time; end of discussion
— Ameē Ruszkai (@ameeruszkai) April 17, 2013