BEN: BORO FOCUS WON’T BE SHIFTED
IT MIGHT have been a dream first half of the season for Middlesbrough but defender Ben Gibson says Manchester United’s Class of ‘92 are helping to keep him grounded.
At the midway point in the Championship, Boro had mustered 15 wins from their 23 matches and have an FA Cup third round tie against Burnley to look forward to.
But Gibson, 22, says he has taken note of the attitude of Manchester United’s finest and is refusing to let his club’s lofty position go to his head.
“If you listen to the players who won everything, Beckham, Scholes, Giggs, Neville, they said that you never get carried away when you win and you never get too down when you lose,” he said.
“We still demand the best of each other, we can’t get ahead of ourselves because we are doing quite well. A party is a long way off, this is nowhere near done.”
Last season saw Boro miss out on automatic promotion by four points and they were eventually downed in the playoff final by Norwich.
And, for Gibson, that will serve as motivation.
“If we needed a wake-up call, look at where we were this time last year and we didn’t make it,” he added.
“I think we’re in a good place as a team. We’re better than we were last season and I think we have improved through this one.”