‘Complete stupidity’ – Andy Carroll sent off for Reading after stealing from Manchester United’s Casemiro
Andy Carroll saw red on his return to the big time, with a flying sliding tackle ending his night against Manchester United.
The Reading striker received his marching orders in the 65th minute with his side trailing 2-0 at Old Trafford and exiting the FA Cup.
Reading then lost the tie 3-1, with Carroll in the dressing room for the knockout stages.
The former England striker has seemingly found a new home with the Royals, salvaging an injury-plagued career to become a regular in Paul Ince’s side.
That reliability was not on display in the cup, however, with Carroll having had a horrible night playing against Premier League opposition.
Formerly of Liverpool, West Ham and Newcastle, it wasn’t too long ago that trips to such big teams were commonplace for the 34-year-old.
But he looked like a fish out of water in Manchester.
After picking up an unnecessary yellow near the corner flag on the hour mark, Carroll then went flying on Casemiro.
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The Brazilian knew what was coming, pushed the ball away and braced himself for the impact, leaving referee Darren England no choice.
“Complete stupidity from Andy Carroll and a well deserved second yellow card,” said talkSPORT commentator Adam Bridge.
Sunderland legend Micky Gray added: “He’s not allowed to go down, the ball was gone.
“Three stupid dares and he’s down the tunnel at Old Trafford.”
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