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Gibson: this is my chance

two games in the capital in the space of a week could define the season for Manchester United man Darron Gibson.

The Derry native is part of the United squad which flew into Dublin this morning ahead of tonight's friendly at the new Lansdowne Road, the first soccer game to be played at the Dublin 4 venue, and while it's uncertain if Wayne Rooney -- fresh from his Smokegate scandal -- will start, United boss Alex Ferguson has already stated that Ireland internationals Gibson and John O'Shea will both start against an Airtricity League XI.

Gibson is praying that another good display in the red shirt in Dublin tonight will see him earn a place in United's starting team for the coming season.

Just a week later Gibson will be back in the capital, part of the Ireland squad which takes on Argentina in a friendly next Wednesday. Now that Glenn Whelan - who has almost been an ever-present in the Irish side under Giovanni Trapattoni - will miss that game due to injury, it's a chance for Gibson to stake a claim in the Ireland XI for the opening bout of the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Armenia next month.

"It's a big week for me and I am desperate to do well," Gibson told the Herald. "Tonight's game against the League of Ireland team is only a friendly but it's our last friendly of the pre-season and it's a great chance for me to show the manager here at United what I can do.

"I had a decent run with United last season but I want to play more this year," added Gibson, who scored five goals in 23 appearances for the Red Devils last term.

"Every pre-season my aim is to establish myself in the United team and play every week and this year is no different. I had a good pre-season, I played well in the friendly games and scored a goal, so I hope I can carry that into the game in Dublin tonight and then into the Premier League season.

"We'll have a tough game against the League of Ireland lads and it's a chance to show the manager at United what I can do for the team."

"If Glenn is out for the Argentina match then it's a real chance for me so that game next week is a massive one for me as well," he added.


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