Alex Ferguson has said that he would not have paid £35m for striker Andy Carroll.
The big Geordie joined Liverpool in January 2011 from hometown club Newcastle United after a prolific start to the 2010/11 season and Fernando Torres’ £50m move to Chelsea from Anfield.
Kenny Dalglish made the England international one of his first signings after returning to the Anfield dugout, but the striker only scored twice in that season for the club after arriving injured.
Carroll only went on to score four league goals for the team in his first full season and a goal in the FA Cup final nearly sparked a turnaround, but the Reds went down 2-1 to Chelsea.
Ferguson has chimed in after his side dispatched Carroll’s loan club 1-0 on Wednesday evening thanks to £25m man Robin van Persie’s first minute strike.
Ferguson said: “I’d certainly not sign that kind of player for that kind of money.”
“He’s still not had a lot of games but he is a big lad, aggressive and a great header of the ball.”
“He’ll be a handful for defenders.”
Carroll has only found the net once so far for the Hammers, with a header coming in a 3-1 defeat at White Hart Lane against Spurs.