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.”