Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson has played down the threat possessed by Liverpool’s new signing Andy Carroll before the two teams clash at Anfield today.
Carroll signed for Liverpool for £35million in the transfer window, but has not played yet because of injury. He is expected to make his debut today, but Darron Gibson believes his team will be able to handle his threat.
United are without their best two centre backs, with Rio Ferdinand out injured, and Namanja Vidic suspended after picking up a late red card against Chelsea in United’s 2-1 defeat at the bridge on Tuesday night.
Gibson admitted Vidic would be a big loss but backed his fellow squad players to step up and do a job.
“It is a big blow to lose Vidic, but we have got players capable of stepping in and doing a job,” said Gibson.
“Jonny Evans is back, Wes Brown is there and John O’Shea can play at centre-back so I think we have got players capable of stepping in and covering.”
Gibson has already faced Carroll once this season, in United’s game against Carroll’s former club, Newcastle earlier in the season.
“He [Carroll] has played against us this season already and I think the lads will know what to expect having watched him on TV as well,” he added.
“Obviously he is a good player, but I think the lads can step in and deal with him.”
Gibson also maintains that Liverpool is a bigger derby for his team than Manchester City, despite their neighbours increased spending power and league position.
“It has to be the biggest game still for us,” he said.
“Obviously City’s rivalry is going up because they are pushing up and challenging us, but Liverpool is still the biggest one for us.”
United have already beaten Liverpool twice this season, but Liverpool how have Kenny Dalglish in charge and have looked a better team.
“Well obviously they have improved under him and they are playing well at the minute so they will be a different proposition, but I think if we go and do what we have been doing and play well I think we will be alright,” noted Gibson.
Gibson is also looking to this game as a good chance to put right what went wrong on Tuesday night against Chelsea.
“The mood in the camp is good,” added Gibson. “Obviously everybody was disappointed at losing the game, but we just need to pick ourselves up and be ready for Sunday
“It’s a tough game but I think it is the perfect one for us to go in to and if we win it, it will be a great result.”