Gibson may be set for £3.5m move to Villa

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Updated: August 24, 2011

With the emergence of Tom Cleverley in Manchester United’s midfield and the impressive start to the season from Anderson, Darron Gibson is now fifth it seems in the pecking order of United’s central midfields and with Park’s and Gigg’s ability to play centrally, the Republic of Ireland midfielder has now little chance of any game time at Old Trafford this season.

He rejected a reported move to Sunderland earlier in the Summer when it seemed the two teams had agreed a fee. Newspapers suggested that the deal broke down because Gibson was not prepared to take a pay cut. If true, it is quite ridiculous that he would turn down regular football in order to get an extra few bob a week. That is in the past now and the 23 year old has to find a new club in the next week or so in order to surely save his career. There is no hope of Gibson even in the Carling Cup games getting on the pitch as United now have Fletcher, Carrick, Cleverley, Anderson, Giggs and Park who can all play centrally and also are all ahead of the Derry native in Sir Alex’s pecking order.

He has played just 30 times since 2005 and that emphasises his need to find regular first team football. There is no doubting he has quality and ability but he simply cannot show what he can do when he makes a handful of appearances every season. It seems he has broken into Trap’s Republic side and therefore in order to stay in the national side and improve he needs regular football. He has been urged by his national manager to move away from Old Trafford and it would be definetly in his best interests to move. Even if that means stepping down to the Championship, it would do Gibson good and he might then be able to fulfil the potential that he showed as a teenager.

It has emerged that Aston Villa are been linked with Gibson as they look to strengthen their midfield following the release of Reo-Coker. It would be an ideal club for Gibson to move to as they have plenty of quality players and have trophy ambitions themselves. The fee is believed to be in the region of £3.5 million and if Villa bid for him then Gibson must do everything possible to agree personal terms and move to the midlands for the sake of his career because a transfer could just spark new life into his now faltering career.

It’s a big week ahead for Gibson as sitting either on the bench or in the stands at United is simply not an option.

by Ryan Bailey, follow him on Twitter @ryanbaileysport

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