Date: 25th August 2011 at 10:06am
Written by:
Darron Gibson

Would United really be better off without the Irishman?

For many months now I’ve been trying with little or no success to defend Darron Gibson on these pages.

The much maligned midfielder has been a favourite of mine, simply because of the fact I think he’s a decent player who’s been harshly treated by a lot of Reds. The whole twitter debacle, where he was given the sort of abuse normally reserved for the likes of Carlos Tevez and Steven Gerrard actually made me feel somewhat ashamed to call myself a United fan.

I know he’s not the best player we’ve got at Old Trafford but telling him to: ‘F*ck off and die’ is a little out of order.

The latest reports suggest he could be on his way to Aston Villa. The Mail notes:

Aston Villa are making a £3.5million move for Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson.

The Republic of Ireland international saw a move to Sunderland fall through last month despite initial discussions.

The 23-year-old is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford following the emergence of players such as Tom Cleverley and is keen to get his career back on track.

A move to Villa could be great for both the player and United as it would give him a chance to play for a decent Premier League side and prove his worth, while the Reds would receive some. Money for a player who cost nothing.

Although he won’t be missed by a lot of United fans , I’ll actually be sad to see him leave, simply because I always felt he had the potential to to turn the criticism around.