Irish Footballers that Played for Manchester United - Darron Gibson
Darron Gibson - Introduction
Darron Gibson from Derry is a well-built and powerful midfielder that joined Manchester United in 2004. Although born in Northern Ireland, and also having played for the Northern Irish under 15's Gibson opted to declare for the Republic of Ireland at senior level. Gibson is an industrious midfield with a powerful long-range shot.
Darron Gibson & Manchester United
Darron Gibson made his Manchester United debut at just 18 years of age in a 4-1 victory over Barnet. Gibson came on as a substitute in the Carling cup tie in October 2005. It was his only senior appearance that season.
Gibson was sent out on loan to second division Royal Antwerp in Belgium for the 2006/07 season. His time with the Belgian club was blighted by a knee injury however he did make enough appearances to impress his continental hosts. Following his return to Old Trafford he was sent out on loan to Wolverhampton Wanderers for most of the 2007/08 Championship season. Under the guidance of former Irish soccer manager, Mick McCarthy, Gibson made 24 appearances for Wolves. During his time with the midlands club Gibson also scored one goal.
Gibson Makes Debut for United
In November 2008 Darron Gibson made his Premier League debut for Manchester United when he came on as a substitute against Stoke City at Old Trafford. United won that match 5-0. Gibson then made his Champions League debut later that month at Villareal in a 0-0 draw. Darron Gibson's first goal for Manchester United was against Southampton in January 2009. He also scored the third goal in the 81st minute in a 3-0 win in an FA Cup third round tie. Gibson's first Premier League goal came in the final game of the 2008/09 season when he scored the only goal in a 1-0 away win at Hull City. The goal was a 25 yard power strike which has become something of a trademark of the Republic of Ireland player.
Darron Gibson left Manchester United to join Everton FC for an undisclosed fee on 13 January 2012.
Darron Gibson - Republic of Ireland Career
Darron Gibson was the object of a tussle between the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and the Irish Football Association (IFA). Gibson's decision to declare for the Republic even though he had represented Northern Ireland at underage levels was hotly disputed by the IFA. A European ruling in favour of the FAI meant that the Derryman was free to pursue his international career with the Republic of Ireland.
Darron Gibson Makes Debut for Republic of Ireland
Darron Gibson made his senior debut for the Republic of Ireland against Denmark in Aarhus on 22 August 2007. The young midfielder came on as a substitute and created the the third goal as Ireland won that match 0-4. Gibson made his first competitive appearance for Ireland in a 2-2 draw with Slovakia in Bratislava on 08 September 2007. He came on as a second half substitute in the Euro 2008 Qualifier and Stephen Staunton was the Irish football manager at the time.
Giovanni Trapattoni gave Darron Gibson his first start in an Irish international match at Croke Park in a 1-0 victory over Cyprus in a 2010 World Cup qualifier. Following Ireland's involvement in the Euro 2012 finals Gibson declared that he not willing to make himself available for selection for Ireland while Trapattoni remained in charge. He was extremely disappointed that he remained an unused squad member at the finals particularly after the first two losses against Croatia and Spain in the group.
Following the departure of Trapattoni in Sepetmber 2013, and the appointement of Noel King as caretaker Irish manager, Gibson returned to the Irish fold and played against Germany in a 2014 World Cup qualifier in October 2013.
Darron Gibson - Manchester United & Ireland Statistics
Last Updated 1 June 2016
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