Sir Alex Ferguson slams Andy Carroll's "assault" on David de Gea

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson prior to kick-off against Sunderland on March 30, 2013
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Sir Alex Ferguson comes down heavy on Andy Carroll for his "assault" on David de Gea on Wednesday.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has described Andy Carroll's challenge on David de Gea during his side's 2-2 draw with West Ham United on Wednesday as "an assault".

The England international striker collided with the Spanish goalkeeper during the first half of the sides' Premier League clash at Upton Park.

"Wednesday was beyond the pale," Ferguson told MUTV. "Let's be honest, there was an assault on him.

"But David de Gea stood up to it. He didn't let it affect him. He was brave and got on with his job."

United are currently at the top of the league table, while West Ham are 11th.

Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates his teams 2-0 win over Stoke on April 14, 2013
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