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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.”

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