Gibson hails United spirit

Midfielder happy with 'tight' Red Devils squad

Gibson: Has praised group mentality

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Darron Gibson insists the unity at Manchester United is so strong that no player would risk upsetting it by venting their frustrations in public.

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"The spirit is so good within the squad and everyone is so tight together, no-one wants to upset it."

Darron Gibson

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Fierce local rivals Manchester City have come on in leaps and bounds under Roberto Mancini this season, establishing themselves as serious contenders to secure the Premier League title.

However, their group mentality has not been helped by a series of negative comments from players dissatisfied with their lot.

Negative

Micah Richards has become the latest member of Mancini's squad to confirm he would look elsewhere if he regularly found himself left out of the City side, while Emmanuel Adebayor has not been shy in making similar remarks.

United midfielder Gibson knows the frustration which comes with being left on the bench, and was one of those who suffered on Sunday, when he missed out on a starting spot in the third round FA Cup triumph against Liverpool.

But the Republic of Ireland international believes Sir Alex Ferguson's rotation policy is just part and parcel of being with a club that want to win trophies, and feels there is no place for individual demands.

"The spirit is so good within the squad and everyone is so tight together, no-one wants to upset it," said Gibson.

"This is a great club and we have a great manager, who knows what he is doing and how to keep players happy.

"We have a good group at the minute. Hopefully it will stay like that for a long time."

After seeing the early part of his season restricted by injury, Gibson has enjoyed a busy festive period, having been involved in all four Premier League fixtures over the Christmas stretch.

And the 23-year-old says it is always encouraging when manager Ferguson puts faith in him, recalling the boost of being handed a starting spot in last season's UEFA Champions League quarter-final decider with Bayern Munich.

He added: "Sir Alex Ferguson is probably the greatest manager ever, so it does give you confidence when he talks to you and tells you that you can win him a game.

"He showed a lot of faith to put me in against Bayern Munich.

"But when you are a younger player, you have to wait for your chance. When it comes along you have to take it.

Pressure

"There is a little extra pressure because you have to prove you can do as well, if not better, than the players who are in every week.

"Luckily for me this season, when I came back from injuries, there were a few others, who were out as well.

"I got my chance, have kicked on from there and played a few games since."