Gibson making his case

 

Darron Gibson looks likely to get a chance to add to his recent goal tally for Manchester United with fellow midfielder Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick expected to provide cover in defence against Wolfsburg in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Alex Ferguson's injury concerns worsened yesterday, when Gary Neville and Wes Brown limped off during his side's 4-0 win over West Ham. Carrick and Patrice Evra ended the game at centre-back and Ryan Giggs was at full-back.

Fletcher is likely to do that job on Tuesday, while Ferguson expects Carrick to join Nemanja Vidic at centre back.

"Evra must be the smallest centre half in the world," said the United boss. "But he's a good reader of the game. He's quick and determined.

"I don't know where I'm going to get a back four for Tuesday. Probably Nemanja Vidic will be back from flu and I'll probably play Carrick alongside him."

With Carrick and Fletcher deployed in defence it is likely that Republic of Ireland international Gibson will get another run-out alongside Paul Scholes.

The Derryman scored another long range effort against the Hammers yesterday after grabbing a superb brace in the midweek Carling Cup win over Tottenham.

Should he continue in that vein of form against Wolfsburg, Ferguson may find the 22-year-old hard to ignore.

United have already qualified for the last 16 but need a point in Germany to ensure they top Group B. Wolfsburg can still be caught by both Besiktas and CSKA Moscow who face each other in Turkey.

Ferguson’s assistant Mike Phelan has admitted Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko is another who is catching the eye, not just at United.

Dzeko, 23, has attracted interest from teams in Spain, Italy and England, with United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal all linked with him in recent weeks.

The Bosnia forward scored against Ferguson's side when the sides met in the Champions League earlier this season and Phelan has admitted the club have been looking at him since.

"I'm sure there are a number of teams looking at him. Are we one on them? We are looking at talent all of the time and we are in there with the rest of them," he said.

"He showed his threat in the game at Old Trafford and he appeals because he is a tall, skilful boy and in some ways he is an ideal player for the English league.

"He has stature, his feet are good and he is producing some good performances. I am sure everybody has looked at him."