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Gibson Didn't Do A Lot, Actually

You know, it's always worth reading Arsene Wenger's post-match comments after a particularly painful Arsenal defeat. After they had been destroyed by Chelsea Wenger went on to suggest that Didier Drogba 'doesn't do a lot but he's efficient' which is a very hilarious misreading of Drogba's style which is very, very far from the type of the strikers who don't do much but do that efficiently (Filippo Inzaghi, Ruud van Nistelrooy and once upon a time Michael Owen was one of them).

But his comment can apply to the Darron Gibson of yesterday because in fairness, he did not play exactly well against Spurs in the Carling Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford. He wasn't efficient enough in the tackle, his passing was average, his positioning left us with lots of holes in midfield. But he happened to win the game for us. Weird, huh?

But true. Darron Gibson scored two sweeeeet goals while Spurs were busy missing chances, trying to take advantage of our frail backline and lack of midfield screening. Both were very well-hit shots after neat counterattacks and Gibson deserved the man of the match accolade for his game-winning performance. But he was below average as a central midfielder; he just happened to put goalscoring boots on.

The game itself was pretty poor: United were quite pedestrian throughout, even though Dimitar Berbatov's return added some much-needed composure and great link play. However, he's clearly not fully fit yet, he's feeling the after-effects of his injury and he had to be withdrawn after an hour. By that time we were comfortably ahead and Spurs has gone off the boil.

But they dominated the first half and we have to be thankful for their profligacy as well as Gibson's efficiency for being two ahead at half-time even though our passing just did not work and it looked like dribbling was forgotten for the attackers, they never tried to take on players, they attempted to pass the ball round Spurs - did I mention that our passing was not working?

But United are in the quarter-final, despite facing almost the strongest Spurs team with a collection of fringe players plus Dimitar Berbatov, Nemanja Vidic, and Anderson - all three had quite good games and they provided the platform for young Gibson to shine. What does this brace mean in the long-term? Not much, I'm afraid - in the long term, it matters more that he did not do much, actually, apart from scoring two wonderful goals.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 2 2009

Time: 3:38PM

Your Comments

I agree with you....but man did I ever miss have someone in midfield for united(central midfield) who could shoot.....its been along time.....scholes, carrick, fletcher, anderson they don't take enough shots they rather a pass....and often time they just have a swing at it....Gibson's strikes were wonderful... i think we miss having a guy who would always be willing to take a shot from midfield
ibrahiy
I think he's a very good prospect for the future. He's got a scary shot on him and if he can work on the other parts of his game then you've got a perfect replacement for Scholes.
LifeLongBlue
Whatever anyone says,one cannot deny the fact that this guy has a scholesy shot attached to his boots and I totally agree with LLB that if he can work on the other aspects of his game which I'm pretty sure he will,then yes we can have a player who could take over from our ginger prince.
Antriksh (abmtd)
Almost the strongest Spurs team: Yes you are right. Only players missing were: Corluka, King, Woodgate, Ekotto, Kranjcar, Modric. So u faced a Spurs side with none of their four best in their back four. And without any creativity (our two croats) in the midfield. and you were actually played off the park for big parts of the game. But kudos to you - two very good shots from Gibson, and u also played a very weakened team. I got more angry now - reading about your bragging - than watching the game last night. Meeeh...so we let in two - at old trafford where we never win - so what - it's just the leaguecup. A CL-spot is really all that matters - at least for me :) Good luck to you!!! Oh, and don't call them youngsters when they are 22!!!! If Gibson is talented, then I wonder what Lennon is???(they are the same age you know)
NorwaySpurs
if gibson works on it he can become a great holding player, like fletcher but with great shooting ability he just needs a bit more energy in his game, even though this happening is really a long shot.
khoder
If fletcher can rise and become such an integral part of our team,then why not gibson?
Antriksh (abmtd)
NorwaySpurs why is you Tottenham fans have always got an excuse who were you really missing who could've played? Corluka, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Kranjcar (not really saying much about your left side though is it.) 3 players otherwise it was clearly a full strength Tottenham team King and Woodgate never play anyway seeing as they're bigger doctor notes than Hargo either way you look at it in comparison we pitched the weaker teams and it is your lot that come up with the excuses.
One United 23
gibson has had a tough couple of months from ireland getting cheated out of the world cup to apparently not doing much. everytime he got the ball he looked threatening and nearly every shot he took turned into a goal
leeimp95
We played a totally second string back four,two of our starting midfield,so Norway is right,not exactly a full strength team OU23.Its not exactly making excuses just arguing the point made by Zae in the main article.
Coxinthebox
loosing modders and niko isnt saying much? get over yourself you are a utd fan so chances are you know nothing about football. i have 6 mates that support utd 2 of them are die hard and can tell you where they sat in some crappy stadium in belgium for a pre season game 10years ago the others can only name seven of the first team which are you? modders is better than any left sisded player you have easily (except giggs ten years ago the guys a legend should be remembered as a great in this yids opinion players like him are the reason i watch football)
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