The Irishman’s season was in full dynamic flight, George gave further licence to thrill by adopting a wing-back system and Stephen was, really, the principal attacking threat of the team at the time.
But come December, the season of the ever-reliable Carr stalled — a rare injury sidelined the granite-tough flyer from Dublin — and there was no short-term fix.
"I got an injury and that set me back three months," recalled Stephen. "It was frustrating because I was enjoying a decent run of form. I though it might be a quicker return but I ended up missing a lot of important games."
After a brief aborted return against Manchester City and Stockport, Stephen returned to the fold as a fitness gamble in the doomed FA Cup semi-final at Old Trafford. He stayed in the side for the remaining games as his gradually built up his fitness.
"The second half of the season was a lot of downs and it’s just a matter of getting fit now. The injury came out of the blue. I just felt it coming into training one day.
"Once you feel that type of injury, a hernia, it doesn’t go away and has to get done. It was a bit of a nightmare but it’s all about how you cope with them."
Stephen Carr has spoken of his frustration at missing a large chunk of last season with a hernia injury when he was in a good run of form.