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Published: 09:54 | 12/4/16

Miscommunication worries LVG

United boss fears West Ham forwards

Louis van Gaal fears that poor communication between his defenders could cost Manchester United in the FA Cup at West Ham United.

United travel to East London to face the Hammers in a quarter-final replay on Wednesday night, with van Gaal’s men aiming to salvage silverware from an otherwise disappointing season.

The Red Devils' hopes of qualifying for the Champions League were dealt a severe blow on Sunday, as quick-fire second-half goals from Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela saw Tottenham Hotspur beat United 3-0 in the Premier League.

"I think our problem against Tottenham was the miscommunication of our central defenders," said van Gaal.

"I hope that we improve our communication because (the West Ham clash) is a very important game for us.

"It is our last chance of a title so it is very important for the players, the club, the manager and the fans. Everybody knows this is the last chance."

Van Gaal is particularly concerned by Andy Carroll, who netted a treble in West Ham's 3-3 draw with Arsenal at the weekend.

"Carroll has special qualities," continued the former Netherlands boss. "We have seen that in the match that he played on Saturday.

"It was against Arsenal, and they have great central defenders but still he could do that.

"We have to cope with Andy Carroll, but not only Andy Carroll. They have a certain player called Dimitri Payet, for example, he can also play, and (Manuel) Lanzini can also score goals."

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