Appearances and Goals
League: 34 apps, 14 goals
FA Cup: 2 apps, 1 goal
Carling Cup: 0 apps
Europe: 12 apps, 4 goals
Others: 0 apps
Season total: 48 apps, 19 goals
Club total: 48 apps, 19 goals
Blackburn 1 United 1, 19 April 2008
With the seconds ticking down at Ewood Park, United were behind and on the verge of handing control of the title race to Chelsea. Cue Carlitos, who arched himself to reach Scholes’ flicked header and beat the seemingly impermeable Brad Friedel to keep the Reds in pole position.
The Argentinian striker found the net 19 times in his first season, but the number of those strikes which proved crucial – both at home and abroad – is remarkable. After opening his account against Chelsea in September, his first Champions League goal was an important equaliser against Sporting Lisbon.
The 24-year-old wrote his name into Reds folklore by bagging the winner at Anfield in December, before brandishing a baby’s dummy in tribute to his family after earning another three points against Birmingham on New Year’s Day.
In February, the tenacious frontman hit two late levellers to keep our two-pronged assault on course: a 90th-minute volley at Spurs and a priceless away goal three minutes from the end of the Champions League last-16 first leg against Lyon.