7 thoughts on “Darren Gibson – Not Bad, Not Great, But Let's Get Off His Back

  1. Good analysis Tom. I must say that I was not at all surprised when I saw Gibson in the starting line up. Ferguson was obviously looking to replace the ‘three lung’ energy of the absent Park with someone similar. Unfortunately, Gibson is not quite as effective as Park has been recently.

  2. Cheers mate, I’d have liked to have put some Guardian chalkboards in there as well, but as you’re well aware I’m still not too sure as to how to load them up!

    Yeah Park has been brilliant this season, as well as having three-lungs his creativity and goal scoring has improved even more this year, I’d really like to see him get a bigger role in the team and be seen by the fans as a key player. He deserves it.

  3. cant understand how people can write him off given hes never had a decent run of games in a consistant position/system. seem to remember anderson gettin slated by fans for playin poorly whilst being in and out of team and being asked to play out of position covering for hargreaves. but where anderson had energy/mobility to adapt to a defensive midfield role, dont think gibson is ever going to be that type of player.

    sending him out on loan would give us a better idea of what hes capable of but given lack of options in CM i cant see it happening

  4. Sorry, lost interest not long after BCFC formation was described as “4-5-1, with Barry Ferguson sat in front of the defence and Bowyer and Gardner providing an attacking threat from midfield, with Larsson in particular drifting in from the wing and further narrowing the play and packing out the centre of the pitch”. When MUFC was described as “essentially played a 4-2-3-1, with Carrick and Gibson sat in front of the defence, and from left-to-right, Rooney, Anderson and Giggs playing behind Berbatov”. It seems even beyond this commentator to recognose 4-1-4-1 as BCFC formation. narrow minded!

  5. Credos for defending the indefensible! If making side-way passes and back-passes are constituted as “passing” then Gibson is efficient at best. If “non-movement” is construced as “tactical positioning” then Gibson is a good “tactical” player. Finally, if wild shooting is considered as ” long-range” shots then Gibson is the “star player” of the multiple universe.

  6. Just on another incident from the Birmingham game mate. I have not seen it mentioned anywhere else so I might be going out on a limb but having watched Bowyer’s equaliser a couple of times, I can’t help but feel that VDS should have done better. I hate to be critical of him because he’s been so good for us but he appeared to fail to play the whistle in this instance. He hesitated for a fatal split second before making a half hearted attempt to make the save.

  7. @ Terry: Sorry mate, but I’m saying what I see, and as well as that the general consensus amongst all “commentators” seems to be that Birmingham played a 4-5-1. Of course teams change formation as they attack and defend with the eb and flow of the game, but without doubt United set out as a 4-2-3-1 and, as is usual with United, much interchanging of positions during the match. Sometimes Giggs was upfront, sometimes Berbatov on the left, it’s how we’ve played this season.

    @ Catatonia: Don’t get me started on this sideways passing thing please, it’s becoming such a cliché. If Barcelona start passing it backwards and sideways it’s called maintaing possession, beautiful football and genius, if Darren Gibson starts doing it, it’s called unimaginative and plain. As I said, confirmation bias.

    As I also pointed out, Gibson’s movement wasn’t that bad, in a defensive or an attacking sense. He showed his ability to get forward and make good runs a lot more in the second half, and so I would like to see what he can do at the front of a midfield three.

    He only had the one shot, so lay off him a bit. Problem is, when you get the reputation as a long-shot expert (and you have to earn that reputation in the first place), everytime you miss it’s going to be, as I said, pounced upon and blown out of proportion. But no, I don’t think he’s the long-shot expert that he’s sometimes made out to be.

    @ Frank: I think you may be right mate, I’ve watched the goal again on 101 Great Goals (link – http://www.101greatgoals.com/videodisplay/lee-bowyer-manchester-united-7991369/) and, as well as confirming that Gibson made no effort to stop the cross coming in, VDS didn’t seem to make much attempt to go for the ball, probably confident that the goal would be disallowed for either of the three valid claims as to why it should be.

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