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DARRON GIBSON is determined to show Manchester United what they have been missing when he makes his return to Old Trafford on Sunday.
The Everton FC midfielder left the Red Devils in a £500,000 January Goodison switch, and has quickly become one of David Moyes’ best performers as the Blues progresses in the Premier League.
Gibson, 24, still insists he was never given a fair chance to establish himself at United, but maintains he is not missing life under Alex Ferguson, even if David Moyes can be an equally tough task-master.
Everton face the tough prospect of recovering from their FA Cup semi-final defeat with a visit to the championship chasers, but Gibson is still happy to be in the opposition line-up.
He said: “I am just enjoying it and I’m in a better mood now, I know that. It is nice to know you’re in with a more-than-likely chance of playing every week, rather than not.
“It’s surprised me how well it’s gone because I wasn’t sure. This was the first club I have moved to – I was at United since I was 15.
“I wasn’t sure what to expect but I’m really enjoying my football. It is a great club.
“As a footballer you want to play and when it came down to it, I wasn’t playing as much as I would have liked. That meant I had to move. Some people would say I failed at United and towards the end, I wasn’t playing my best.
“So I’ve come here to start showing people how good a player I am. I wouldn’t say I failed I’d say I never got the chance I wanted.”
The Republic of Ireland midfielder admits that Moyes has been quick to instil the importance of hard work in him since his move to Merseyside.
“To be honest, the only real similarity is they are both Scottish and sound the same... and you wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of them,” he said when comparing Moyes with Ferguson.
“I come across as laidback sometimes, that’s where the boss is coming from. He has shouted at me a few times to run a bit harder in training.
“Sometimes I do need a kick up the a***. It is just the way I am. I’m not saying I don’t work hard but when he shouts ‘run faster,’ I run faster.
“He hasn’t personally been on my case but has certainly had a few words about how he wants me to play. The football here is a lot different than it was at United.
“I was shocked at how hard we worked and it took me a few games to get used to it but I think I have settled in well.”
DAVID MOYES still has unfinished business to carry out at Everton FC, says former Goodison Park favourite Ian Snodin.
But Liverpool FC legend Alan Hansen believes the Blues boss should quit Goodison at the end of this season.
Hansen, now a respected television analyst, used his national newspaper column to explain why he believes Moyes has taken Everton as far as he can.
“Even if Everton had won the FA Cup this season, I don’t believe it would have been enough to keep David Moyes as manager at Goodison Park beyond the end of this campaign,” he wrote.
“If he goes, Moyes will not be deserting a sinking ship. He has been loyal, committed and dedicated throughout his decade at Everton, but it really is time to move on.
“That’s why this summer seems to be the right time for him to take on a new challenge elsewhere if a top job comes up.
“His real achievement in keeping the club on an even keel will only be appreciated fully when he has gone.”
But Snodin, a rival of Hansen’s on the pitch during their playing days, disagrees with that viewpoint. And he believes Moyes can eventually bring silverware to Goodison.
“I think David Moyes loves it at Everton, I really do,” said Snodin.
“Is he going to be targeted by Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal or Chelsea this summer? I don’t think so.
“So where else is there as good as Everton, after that?
“Sunderland and Aston Villa might spend a bit more money, but they are not bigger clubs than Everton.
“Celtic might have certain emotional ties, but would you move to Scotland after what’s happened to their biggest rivals this season?
“I think David is at a fantastic club where he has a great relationship with his chairman and I honestly don’t think he will want to move on.
“He has given us 10 years where he has been different class.
“In all that time we have probably had two poor seasons.
“He will already be thinking now about what players can he bring in this summer to improve his squad.
“Yes, he will be bitterly disappointed about Saturday, but I’m sure he will already be thinking about what he needs to challenge for Europe next season and what he needs to try and win that elusive trophy.”
When this season ends Moyes will have just one year remaining on his Everton FC contract, but he has always said he will sit down and talk with his chairman about his future in the summer.
Hansen, however, believes that Moyes should be looking to further his career elsewhere.
He added: “He has the track record and is a young man in the managerial stakes and somebody with his career still ahead of him.
“The question for Moyes, however, is where would he go next to take his managerial career on to the next level?
“Chelsea are looking for a new manager, Manchester City could be and, if Harry Redknapp gets the England job, Tottenham will be looking for a new man at White Hart Lane.
“But for whatever reason, when the likes of Chelsea and City make managerial appointments, they tend to look abroad for rising stars or people with a successful track record away from the Premier League.
“Sooner or later, those clubs might start to look at the long-term and build the club up because the ultimate barometer of success is Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United because he has been at Old Trafford for about 100 years!
“But if Redknapp does leave Tottenham, then you would have to suggest that Spurs is a real possibility for Moyes. You hear names like Brendan Rodgers being suggested in connection with Tottenham but, while he has done a terrific job at Swansea, he is in his first season in the Premier League.
“Moyes has the experience and the ambition to take on a big job, however, and that will eventually be bad news for Everton.
"But when he does walk away from Goodison Park, he will do so with his head held high, regardless of his lack of silverware during his 10 years.”