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Gibson's shot at redemption

IRELAND international Darron Gibson will be handed a chance to redeem himself by Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson in tonight's Carling Cup semi-final against Manchester City.

Derry man Gibson has made 11 appearances for United this season but he has not even made the bench since a poor display in the FA Cup defeat to Leeds United earlier this month.

Gibson, along with team-mates Fabio Da Silva, Gabriel Obertan and Danny Welbeck, has not kicked a ball for United since that tame exit but Ferguson has promised to make changes for the game at Eastlands tonight, with Gibson in with a shot at redemption.

"I have got to think about getting a mix in terms of the programme we have got and also the fact I have given young players a game in the past," said the United boss, who has concerns over Dimtar Berbatov and Ryan Giggs for the semi-final.

"I will have a strongish team but there will be some young players."

Meanwhile, Patrice Evra has vowed to stop old friend Carlos Tevez twisting the knife into United tonight. Tevez has hit a rich vein of form for City since leaving Old Trafford last summer.

Eight goals in December earned him the Premier League player-of-the-month prize before he started 2010 with a bang by slamming home a hat-trick against Blackburn a week ago.

The 25-year-old knows more goals tonight could help fire City to their first domestic cup final since 1981, and he has warned Evra he now has United in his sights.

"When I congratulated Carlito on his hat-trick against Blackburn he replied that was just the warm-up for United and this was going to be two finals for him. But I told him no chance," said Evra.

"I remember when we played them in the league I managed to get a touch onto one of his shots at the last second and the ball hit the post rather than going into the net. I have to do the same again."