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Republic of Ireland international Darron Gibson says Giovanni Trapattoni is "having a laugh" if he links the midfielder should leave Manchester United in search of first-team football.

Gibson, 22, did not feature in Ireland's 1-0 victory over Armenia on Friday and has been told by his international manager that he would improve his "hunger" if he opted to leave United, where he does not command a regular place in the first XI.

Although Gibson is again expected to be on the bench for Tuesday night's game against Andorra in Dublin, he has dismissed the advice from the experienced Italian.

"If Trapattoni wants me to move on from a club like Manchester United to better my game, move to somewhere like Stoke where I'll get more games, but have little chance of winning anything, then I just don't know," Gibson told the Belfast Telegraph.

"Where else would I go from Manchester United? At what club, other than Manchester United, could I go to improve my game?

"To be honest, if he's trying to say that I should move somewhere like Stoke City and change my game to winning tackles and not winning games, then he's having a laugh. To move on from Manchester United just doesn't make sense to me."

Though he adamantly disagrees with Trapattoni's analysis of his club prospects, Gibson is keen to underline that he does not have a problem with the Ireland boss, adding: "I have a good relationship with Trapattoni."

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