Four left in United limbo


A quartet of fringe players, each included in Manchester United’s Premier and Champions League squads this week, may seek to move out of the club on loan once the window opens next week. Although the English summer transfer season closed at 11pm last Thursday night, with no dramatic last-minute deals brokered by Sir Alex Ferguson, […]

Farewell to old Reds

Wes Brown

Wesley Brown and John O’Shea each agreed moves to Sunderland on Thursday, ending more than a decade of the pair at Old Trafford. Between them the players have appeared on more than 750 occasions for Manchester United, not representing the very best players at Old Trafford, but invaluable members of Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad nonetheless. […]

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehn Darron T Gibson

The T, sadly some might add, does not stand for Tiberius but news that Darron Thomas Gibson has agreed terms on a £5 million move to Steve Bruce’s Sunderland will leave not a dry eye in the house all the same. Maybe. Sort of. Well, perhaps not at all but it will bring to a […]

Gibson: the carrilero who will not run


Darron Gibson is having a bad season; possibly the worst he has had in a short professional career to date. The Irishman’s performance against Blackpool can perhaps be written off as a bad day at the office. The abysmal appearance against Southampton – a League One side – is harder to justify. As one of […]

On occasion patience has no virtue

Darron Gibson, Manchester United

Of Sir Alex Ferguson’s many faults, lack of patience is not among them. The great Scot has, according to recent analysis, the most stable squad in European football, with players remaining at Old Trafford almost six years on average. That lengthy tenure is aided no doubt by Paul Scholes’, Ryan Giggs’ and Gary Neville’s longevity […]

Gibson spat exposes home truths

Darron Gibson’s very public argument with Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni over his role in the national team offers plenty of insight into the midfielder’s state of mind. Gibson says that he is not ready to step down a level to get more game time. The Italian coach, meanwhile, says that the Manchester United player must […]

Three players holding United back

While a knee-jerk reaction in the aftermath of yet another defeat for Manchester United – an eighth this season – benefits nobody, some players have underperformed this season. This much is glaringly clear to the Old Trafford faithful. Defeat to Leeds United serves to highlight the problem, with three players in particular failing to do […]

Fergie’s faith in Darron Gibson repaid

Darron Gibson

Darron Gibson, man-of-the-moment against Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, is one of the best emerging players at the club now. Another product of Manchester United’s highly rewarding youth set up but at 22 Gibson can no longer be considered a youngster. The Irishman must now progress or end up on the United scrap heap. […]