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Trap: no rift with Gibson

GIOVANNI Trapattoni smiled and banked another three points at the Aviva Stadium but he had to move swiftly to head off a possible rift with Darron Gibson over a misunderstanding.

It appears that some of Trapattoni's comments about Gibson from the last few days were lost in translation and the suggestion emerged that the Derryman should leave Old Trafford to find regular first team football.

Gibson reacted to the notion with thinly disguised incredulity: "Is he having a laugh," was the succinct response.

But Trapattoni said: "In the dressing room I said to him, he understands what I want. He plays with the ball and he must understand he plays football very well. He has football in his head.

"No, I didn't say he should he should leave Old Trafford but in this great team, it's not easy to improve his situation because he plays with ten great players.

"But he has played many games for Manchester United. He can improve. He must ask for the ball, he must want the ball, he must work to get the ball.

"He plays with great vision - he has a good personality with the ball. But in a great team, you play 30% less," said Trapattoni, again underlining the fact that with so many good players around him at Old Trafford, Gibson will have less to do than is required when he pulls on a green shirt.

Gibson was a second-half substitute for Glenn Whelan and made an eye catching contribution to a game notable for some great goals from Kevin Kilbane, Kevin Doyle, Robbie Keane and Andorra's Christian Martinez but not a lot else in a dour competitive opener at the Aviva.

Doyle's wonderful first-half strike lit up the new stadium and was a reward for back-to-back excellence over the two opening Euro 2012 Group B fixtures.

"I saw a beautiful performance from Kevin Doyle and it was a fantastic goal," said Trap.

Looking forward to next month's big double header in the Aviva against Russia and in Zilnia against surging Slovakia, Trapattoni will pray for luck.

"First we look at the English league and we watch for injuries and we hope for more games for players like Shay Given and Robbie Keane," he said.

"But I am confident now that we started the competition well. It's not my habit to underestimate Macedonia, for example, but Russia and Slovakia will be our top of the table opponents and these are important games."