David Gold believes Andy Carroll took a giant step towards convincing his critics he truly is a quality striker at Old Trafford yesterday (Sat).
The co chairman has been an annoyed watcher as the record signing has been abused by an army of Twitter knockers who have dubbed him everything from a waste of money to a donkey.
But yesterday – without receiving a single aerial ball – Gold claimed the big man showed himself to be far more versatile than many believe.
He told ClaretandHugh exclusively: “He worked tirelessly, showed great touch, held the ball up brilliantly at times and led the line very well indeed. Nobody could help but be impressed. He had an enormous game.
“The Twitter name calling has been shocking. Andy Carroll has a great deal to offer this club and full credit to the manager yet again.
“Everybody was saying that AC was going to become a misfit in his system but they have both showed they can make things work and I couldn’t be more delighted.
“Andy has a big future with this club under a manager who is showing that he has a number of ways of playing and that’s just brilliant.”