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."