Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

Gibson out to make most of United's Wembley opportunity

Darron Gibson cannot wait for his first major cup final with Manchester United.

The midfielder from Londonderry 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 Tottenham, on March 1, Gibson would seem assured of a starting spot.

For a player who has only been a bystander for most of United’s success over the past couple of years, it will be an occasion to relish.

"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 Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni is also a big fan of the Ulsterman and included the youngster in his squad to face Georgia next month.

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."