Wednesday 22 November 2017

Gibson to stick with United despite fall down Irish pecking order

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

DARRON GIBSON may be one of the few Irish players involved in this year's Champions League, but the Manchester United man admits he is now behind Derby's Paul Green in Giovanni Trapattoni's plans.

The 22-year-old has revealed that he had a phone discussion with Trapattoni to clear up a public misunderstanding after he was left out of the team for the Euro 2012 qualifier with Armenia earlier this month, with his place going to Green, who has spent the entirety of his career in the lower leagues.

However, he concedes that he is now Ireland's fourth-choice central midfielder, acknowledging he only has an outside chance of any involvement in next month's crunch double-header with Russia and Slovakia.

Before the second qualifier, against Andorra, Gibson said that Trapattoni was "having a laugh" after the Irish boss appeared to suggest that the emerging talent would be better off moving to a club like Stoke to work on the defensive side of his game.

Yet Gibson believes that the 71-year-old's words were lost in translation. Taking a conciliatory stance yesterday, the Derry man nevertheless accepted that the Italian was right in stating that he needs to develop aspects of his game and would benefit from further match experience.

Still, the player has no intention of leaving Manchester United and is determined to force his way into Alex Ferguson's plans -- believing that his Irish situation will look after itself if he achieves that goal.

"I think, in a way, he's right in what he's saying but I think I can learn a lot at Manchester United," Gibson said. "I didn't really have a chance to talk to him about it because after the (Andorra) game I went straight home. But I spoke to him on the phone and everything's fine."

Green got the nod over Gibson for those games, and the latter expects Trap to stick with that pecking order if either Glenn Whelan or Keith Andrews are unavailable in the near future.

"Things like that happen in football so you can either get on with it or sulk about it. Paul Green's a very good player and obviously he's playing every week, which I'm not. So I can see why Trapattoni picked him ahead of me," Gibson admitted.

"I'm not really concerned because I think if I start playing for Manchester United every game, I'll eventually play for Ireland every game."

Irish Independent

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