Gibson: CL exit won’t hurt title hopes

United were knocked out by Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals last
night and a recurrence of Wayne Rooney’s ankle problem is likely to
keep him out of the trip to Blackburn on Sunday. Gibson, the
Republic of Ireland midfielder whose goal had appeared to put
United on course for the semis, said: “We cannot lie down and let
the whole season go. It is either that or we stand up and fight and
go for the championship. “I cannot describe the disappointment but
we have to pick ourselves up for Blackburn Rovers on Sunday. We are
still in the race for the title. “We have the experience in the
dressing room to stand up and fight back. There are lads in there
who have been in this position before and done it before. “We have
the characters and experienced players to pick ourselves up and I
think we will be all right.” Gibson said Rafael’s sending off early
in the second half had swung the tie away from United and their 3-0
lead slipped to 3-2 – and victory on away goals for the German
side. He added: “Any team would think they were going through when
you are 3-0 up on the night. The whole stadium and probably the
whole world must have thought we were going through. “It was
through silly mistakes that we allowed them to score. Rafael’s
sending off was obviously a massive turning point. “They had an
extra man and we have had to sit back and defend. We were put under
a lot of pressure. “We’ve played a lot of games so the lads were
getting tired. “Rafa getting sent off killed it for us. It is mixed
feelings for me. I would rather not have scored and gone through.
We are devastated.” Gibson also insisted that the lack of any
Premier League side in the last four of the competition for the
first time since 2003 was not a sign of a drop in quality. He said:
“I don’t think it means anything, the Premier League has got even
better this season, it’s just a coincidence.”