Carroll Fee Was Andy for United

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Carroll Fee Was Andy for United


Byline: John GIBSON

THE team that Andy Carroll built - with a little bit of help from his mate - came back to haunt and humiliate him on his home turf.

Canny Newcastle used the pounds 41m Liverpool so generously gifted them for Carroll and Jose Enrique to sign some quality players and keep others of note on improved long term contracts.

The outcome: United stretched their Premier League lead over Liverpool to a whopping 11 points on a day when those returning were subjected to a nightmare experience.

And the biggest April Fool of the lot was Carroll.

The big Geordie who is having a tempestuous season was rightly booked for diving early on, was roundly booed throughout by those who once threw rose petals, and finally was subbed with 11 minutes to go much to his anger.

Just to heap more rain on his parade Carroll had to watch helplessly as United's new No 9 Papiss Cisse splendidly scored both winning goals.

Not that Carroll was alone in his anguish as the returning prodigal son.

Craig Bellamy was subbed at the same time as him, Jose Enrqiue finished up in goal for 10-man Liverpool, and Kenny Dalglish disappeared down the tunnel at the end to strains of "you're going to be sacked in the morning" from fans who never forgave him for dismantling the Entertainers.

Dalglish had also received a mouthful from his own Geordie when Carroll stormed off into the dressing-room on his substitution.

Meanwhile, Cisse is becoming a goal machine.

He possesses the looks and predatory instincts of Andy Cole with just a spidery-legged touch of Tino Asprilla.

On his first goal Cisse pulled off the shoulder of Martin Skrtel to direct an excellent header inside the opposite post after great trickery and a cross from Hatem Ben Arfa. …

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