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Gibson has ambitions to be regular Man Utd first teamer

Darron Gibson is determined to finally break into the Manchester United first XI. The Republic of Ireland international has been peripheral this season with just one league appearance, although he has made the party for Wednesday's UEFA Champions League tie at Valencia.

"I'm nearly 23 and I need to be playing games," said the midfielder.

"There is a lot of pressure at Manchester United. The manager can't really afford to throw me in; if we lose I'll get the blame for it.

"Well I don't think I'd get the blame totally. But if you start to play young players for experience when you've got the likes of (Ryan) Giggs and (Paul) Scholes, people start to ask questions.

"You can only get so much experience from sitting on the bench. You need to play eventually.

"But the way I see it, if I go in there and play as well as I can every time I play, I think I'll be a valuable asset.

"I'd rather be first choice every week. It's going to take me a while to get there, so I'm not going to give up on it.

"I think I'll win more medals at Manchester United than anywhere else and, obviously, if I'm playing for Manchester United then I'll play for Ireland as well."

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