Date: 14th May 2009 at 12:11am
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Michael Carrick is not a goalscorer and he wasn’t signed for scoring goals. Still, many claim the biggest weakness of United’s midfield is a lack of goals – Anderson never scored, Fletcher chips in rarely, Scholes is no longer prolific and then there’s Carrick.

He scored a few in his first season: his first came against Aston Villa, he chipped in with one against Reading and of course there was the memorable brace against Roma: a stunningly clever finish for the opener and a majestic curled shot for the sixth.

Thing is, all these came at Old Trafford. His second season was even less prolific: he scored an irrelevant goal against City, and a wickedly deflected one against West Ham. Again, both at Old Trafford.

He’s got a few more during this campaign: important and classy goals against Stoke and Hull, and he clinched the win against Pompey with a neat finish.

His 4th league goal of the season was his first on the road during his United career, and possibly the most important as well. Still, it’s quite remarkable that he never scored an away goal for United before tonight’s game!

Perhaps he could chip in with another one in Rome?