Everton were beaten 2-1 by Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final yesterday.
The performance of Darron Gibson in Everton’s match against Manchester United at Wembley yesterday appears to have divided supporters of the Merseyside club.
Gibson was surprisingly selected to start by Roberto Martinez, and he was stationed in central-midfield alongside James McCarthy.
The Republic of Ireland international has rarely featured for the Toffees this campaign, and his display has caused some debate amongst fans.
Some Everton supporters were impressed by Gibson’s energy, while others suggested that he was well off the pace. Here is the best reaction on social media site Twitter.
Jagielka and Gibson especially were heroic today given their lack of match fitness. Evertonians can be proud of their side again #EFC— Ben Grounds (@Ben_Islington) April 23, 2016
@Rochey_efc McCarthy and Cleverley are useless. Barkley is horribly out of form. Gibson surprisingly was the best - Says it all.— ®a$ђaad Aтcђa™ (@ThaKingSlayer) April 23, 2016
Gibson is robbing a living why mirallas sits on the bench , #MartinezOut— marc lloyd (@lloyd_efc) April 23, 2016
To be fair, was impressed with Gibson for Everton. Has done his Euros chances the world of good. #EFC— RK (@rorykelly46) April 23, 2016
Darron Gibson - who many were calling to be subbed at HT - has been excellent today. Defensive shield and pass master. #EFC— Matt Read (@MattRead66) April 23, 2016
Darron Gibson is electric in that midfield. He's everywhere. #EFC— Chris Huntley (@chuntley1) April 23, 2016
McCarthy Gibson Cleverley. It's the absolute polar opposite of the Holy Trinity. No pace, fight, guile, heart. #EFC— whymemate (@whymemate) April 23, 2016
I think Gibson was knackered from shaking hands before kick off too. #EFC— David Downie (@daviddownie17) April 23, 2016
Cleverley and Gibson are terrible. Actually terrible. Stealing a living #EFC— Matthew Foulkes (@Foulksey29) April 23, 2016
Everton’s defeat against United came in heartbreaking circumstances, as they showed great fight in the second half of the contest.
The Toffees had started poorly, and went to the break deservedly behind, but Martinez’s words in the dressing-room seemed to have an impact.
Everton were a team transformed in the second period, and they got their reward when Chris Smalling diverted Gerard Deulofeu’s cross into his own goal.
Everton kept pushing for the winner after that goal, but in the last minute Anthony Martial raced through on goal and finished well to knock them out.