Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Gibson looking forward to Wembley appearance

Darron Gibson can't wait for his first major cup final with Manchester United after helping United to a Carling Cup semi-final win over Derby last night.

The Ireland international has featured in every United game on their march towards Wembley and with Sir Alex Ferguson pledging to stick with his youngsters for the encounter with either Burnley, but most probably Tottenham, on March 1, Gibson seems assured of a starting spot.

Gibson is relishing the opportunity to play in a major cup final with Utd.

"I am buzzing," he said.

"I can't wait to go to Wembley. It will be my first big final so I am really looking forward to it."

Now 21, Gibson has enjoyed successful loan spells with Royal Antwerp and Wolves, while Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni is also a big fan and Gibson is likely to feature in Ireland's World Cup qualifying game against Georgia in February.

But at United, Gibson knows he must grasp every opportunity that comes his way if he is to emulate international team-mate John O'Shea to become an established member of Ferguson's squad.

And, as the likes of Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes were among the central midfielders on the bench for both legs of the semi-final win over Derby, Gibson is buoyed by Ferguson's decision to place his trust in him.

"It is unbelievable," he said.

"When you see the players on the bench like Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick it is a great feeling to know that the manager has enough faith in me to keep putting me in there."

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