Darron Gibson has been given a few chances in the first team this season but by and large has been unimpressive. It would be unfair to single him out though, as many United fans have, given the poor displays we’ve watched so often from the likes of Darren Fletcher, Michael and Carrick and even Paul Scholes this season.

Plenty of reds would be more than happy if we could swap Gibson, plus money, for someone like Jack Rodwell this summer, including his International manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, who believes he needs to move to a club where he can play regularly. Gibson has other ideas though.

“I want to stay at Manchester United,” said Gibson. “I can see where Trapattoni’s coming from. If I’m playing every week he’s going to get the best out of me when I play for Ireland but at the moment I’ve got no ideas of moving anywhere else. I was always confident I could break into the team. I ended up doing that and I was lucky because not many players do break in. But I’ve got a long way to go yet to establish myself so I’m going to keep my head down and keep working hard. There is a lot more pressure for me because I’ve got to prove I can go in there and play every week. When I do go in there I can’t afford to play badly. I’ve got to impress so there is a lot more pressure.”