FOOTBALL NEWS

28/07/2009 08:00, Report by Nick Coppack in Munich

Darron expects tougher test

Darron Gibson has branded United's trip to the Far East a success but has already switched his focus to the Audi Cup.

Gibson and his team-mates arrived in Munich on Monday morning after a 10-day tour of Malaysia, South Korea and China (the proposed Indonesian leg was cancelled after bombings in Jakarta).

"United are a massive club and we have fans all over the world," the Republic of Ireland international told MUTV. "It's always good to give them something back.

"When we got to our hotel in Hangzhou [China] we got an unbelievable reaction – some of the lads had their video cameras out, filming the fans.

"The tour was good and I managed to get a few games in. It helped with getting your fitness and sharpness back. But the real test will come in Germany."

Gibson, 21, will surely get a few more minutes under his belt during the two-day Audi Cup tournament. United play Boca Juniors on Wednesday 29 July and Bayern Munich or AC Milan on Thursday 30 July. They're games in which Gibson, who's just signed a three-year deal that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2012, is hoping to shine.

"I was really happy to sign for another three years and hopefully I can push on from last year and do well. From both the players' and the manager's point of view, it’s always nice to have competition for places – it’s healthy.

"This season I’m looking to try and kick on and get a few more appearances."

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