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 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.”