Gibson eyes first-team spot

United and Ireland midfielder happy to wait for chance

Gibson: Motivated

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Darron Gibson is determined to finally break into the Manchester United first XI.

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The midfielder feels that he is good enough to make the grade at Old Trafford despite failing to make the bench for Sunday's Premier League game against Bolton.

The Republic of Ireland international has been peripheral this season with just one league appearance, although he has made the party for Wednesday's UEFA Champions League tie at Valencia.

"I'm nearly 23 and I need to be playing games," said Gibson.

Valuable

"There is a lot of pressure at Manchester United. The manager can't really afford to throw me in; if we lose I'll get the blame for it.

"Well I don't think I'd get the blame totally. But if you start to play young players for experience when you've got the likes of (Ryan) Giggs and (Paul) Scholes, people start to ask questions.

"You can only get so much experience from sitting on the bench. You need to play eventually.

"But the way I see it, if I go in there and play as well as I can every time I play, I think I'll be a valuable asset.

"I'd rather be first choice every week. It's going to take me a while to get there, so I'm not going to give up on it.

"I think I'll win more medals at Manchester United than anywhere else and, obviously, if I'm playing for Manchester United then I'll play for Ireland as well."

Concentrate

The Derry man, who has scored once in three games for United this season, may have to make do with a place on the bench for Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Russia and Slovakia next month.

"I'm not expecting to start the games but I'll be ready if he needs me," he 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.

"I'm just going to concentrate on getting into the United team. Obviously I'm ready to play when I go away with Ireland. If I don't get picked I'll be on the bench and ready to come on, what else can I do?

"Obviously I'm disappointed with not playing but Paul Green's a good player. He's scored a lot of goals and obviously he's playing every week, which I'm not.

"I can see why Trap (Giovanni Trapattoni) picked him ahead of me. Things like that happen in football so you can either get on with it or sulk about it. I'll be ready to take the chance when he puts me in.

"I would have liked to have been involved a bit more this season but I'm going to have to wait for my chance, like I did last season, and hopefully take it when it comes."