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Trapattoni tells Gibson to leave United

Updated: Wednesday, 09 Feb 2011 18:57

Darron Gibson needs more first-team football, according to Giovanni Trapattoni
Darron Gibson needs more first-team football, according to Giovanni Trapattoni

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has reiterated his belief that midfielder Darron Gibson should leave Manchester United.

Gibson opened the scoring with a stunning long-range strike in Ireland's stunning 3-0 Carling Nations Cup victory over Wales in Dublin last night.

Trapattoni rates the 23-year-old highly but he gets only limited first-team opportunities at Old Trafford and the Italian believes a move would be in his best interests.

Trapattoni said: 'He can do more. He has big potential and the right mentality but I said a year or a year and a half ago that if I was Gibson I would go to another club where I can play continuously.

'With this you can build your mentality. Manchester is Manchester and is obviously an important club but sometimes in the end you need you need to play, play, play.

'You can take confidence from this, but I think he is fantastic.'

Trapattoni will now turn his attention to the visit of Macedonia next month as he looks for his side to build on their solid start in Euro 2012 qualifying Group B.

Trapattoni again insisted Wigan midfielder James McCarthy remains in his long-term plans despite speculation over his international future this week.

The 20-year-old was withdrawn by Wigan due to injury but his absence sparked suggestions the Scottish-born player may be reconsidering his international allegiance.

That has been consistently downplayed and Trapattoni said: 'All Irish players are in our future.

'We look at the new young players and McCarthy can play in the future.'