Darron Gibson never quite had the impact with Ireland that many hoped he would when he broke through at Manchester United, but he still did have his moments at Old Trafford.
The Derry man made 60 appearances for the club, winning a Premier League, two League Cups, and Club World Cup along the way. There were times when he looked like he could make the grade at the club, playing in some important games in the Premier League and Champions League.
In saying that, it appears as though some of his habits did annoy his teammates at times, especially his propensity to shoot from long range.
Speaking to the UTD Podcast, Darron Gibson recalled how some of the players in the dressing room used to mock him over his continued attempts to score from long range, something he was advised to do by Bobby Charlton. He also recalled his favourite goal as being the one he scored against Bayern Munich in a Champions League quarter-final in 2010.
I can’t remember what game it was, but Sir Bobby used to come into the dressing room after the games. I just remember him saying to me: ‘Listen son, they don’t remember the ones you miss. Just keep shooting.’
It sort of stuck with me, so I was just thinking from then I’m just shooting from everywhere! Every time I get a chance I’m shooting. But it worked. A few of them flew in for me.
There were a few times [teammates got annoyed by my shooting]. It might have been after a West Ham game away when I scored again. I had about 10 shots in the game, and I got on the bus afterwards and Giggsy was like ‘here he is, Darren Lampard.’
I got a bit of stick from the lads but [it worked for me]...
It’s probably not the best goal but my favourite one was the Bayern Munich one [from the Champions League quarter-final in 2010]. Obviously, I think I hit the shot early and he didn’t move, the goalkeeper. But running down that side of the pitch, and the fans, I can remember clearly it was unbelievable.
I think that was the best one, just the whole experience. I know we went out, but for me personally, I think that was my best goal.
It certainly wasn't a bad strike.
Un día como hoy pero de hace 10 años vivimos una noche mágica en Old Trafford 🌙✨
Los goles del Man United fueron de: Gibson 3' @luisnani 7', 41'
y por el Bayern anotó: Olić 43' @ArjenRobben 74' .
Los alemanes avanzaron con ventaja de gol de visitante
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— Misión Europa (@MisionTudn) April 7, 2020
Still only 34-years old, Gibson has been out of professional football since leaving Salford City at the end of the 2021/22 campaign.