Gibby opens United scoring account

FORMER Institute youngster Darron Gibson was over the moon after he netted his first senior goal for Manchester United, on Sunday.

The Hazelbank man fired home United's third, in their comfortable 3-0 victory at Southampton, in the FA Cup.

"I really enjoyed getting on the scoresheet and If I'm honest I could have scored a few more. I missed a few chances before I scored so it was a relief to finally find the net. Wayne Rooney did really well to find me for the goal," he said

In May 2006, he won the prestigious Jimmy Murphy Award as United's youth player of the year however it has been this season whenever the midfielder has made a major break through

Gibson, who has been at Old Trafford for a number of seasons, has forced his way into Sir Alex Ferguson's first team plans this campaign.

The 21 year old has played in a number of Carling Cup matches and has been on the bench in a host of European Champions League and Premiership games; in fact the gifted midfielder made his European debut for the holders against Villarreal in November.

Later tonight (Wednesday), the Londonderry man is expected to play in United's first leg semi-final Carling Cup tie at Derby County's Pride Park, as Ferguson is thought to continue his philosophy of playing fringe first team and youth players in the League Cup.

"I'm buzzing at the minute.

"I've been working extremely hard in training and have been trying to improve my finishing. I'm trying to get into the box a lot more often.

"Hopefully if I start tonight against Derby I'll get an opportunity to score another one. The manager seems to be keeping his faith in me and hopefully I can stay in his plans.

"He's told me that I'll definitely be involved in the game so I hope I can get on the scoresheet again and continue to impress."

Gibson, who has also secured two international caps with the Republic of Ireland, replaced United legend Ryan Giggs and blasted home in the closing stages, after Wayne Rooney had created the chance for the local man.