Ji-Sung Park played in David Beckham’s charity match for UNICEF, where a British and Irish took on the rest of the world.
Park’s wife is about to go in to labour, meaning he couldn’t hang about, but he had time to talk about how much it meant to him to return to Manchester.
Our baby is due next week so I wasn’t able to come early, but I knew this was a charity match and I was really happy to play. It was a lot of fun. It means a lot to me to play at a full Old Trafford, which always feels like home. Since I retired, I’ve not had much chance to play football, so it was tough out there! And it was good to see many familiar faces who I played with and against – Sir Alex, Scholes, Silvestre, Giggsy… I had a good chat with them all afterwards. Many people watched this game live all over the world and it will help to get more support to children who need it. It was my pleasure to be here.
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