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Darron Gibson played 90 minutes of Salford City's 2-2 draw with Exeter City in their League Two opener on Saturday.

Darron Gibson played 90 minutes of Salford City's 2-2 draw with Exeter City in their League Two opener on Saturday.

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Darron Gibson played 90 minutes of Salford City's 2-2 draw with Exeter City in their League Two opener on Saturday.

Even now, a decade on and with so much pain, suffering, and reckless self-destruction that could so easily have led to far graver consequences for himself and the general public, the sight of Darron Gibson deciding against attending a meet-and-greet session with Manchester United supporters remains one of his minor misdemeanours.

But it was a telling one.

On the face of it, such a trivial act could be viewed as arrogance from a cocksure 21-year-old. Yet there was more to it, his reasoning for such truancy a glimpse into deep-rooted feelings of a lack of self-worth.