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Park: People Don’t Say I’m Here To Sell Shirts Now

Park Ji-Sung made his 200th appearance for United last weekend in our 3-3 draw with Chelsea.

When Park joined United for £2m in 2005 several people claimed it was just to appeal to the Asian market in order to sell more shirts. Those people obviously didn’t watch him play for PSV against AC Milan in the Champions League a few months before we bought him.

Since then he has won four league titles and has developed the reputation of a big game player, having scored against the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea.

“I am proud to reach this mark,” said Park. “I never thought I could play 200 matches for Manchester United. Some people did say those things (shirt-seller) when I came here. Now no-one says it. I am very happy that I proved Asian players can deal with the high levels of European football. Before I came here, I believed I could do it but I wasn’t sure. But the manager believed in me. He encouraged me to deal with these kinds of levels. He told me to fight. That made a big difference for me to adapt to English football.”

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  1. CedarsDevil says:


    Hi mate, yes I agree on Rooney….. Players should not make their opinions public about a vacant managerial position. One of the many reasons I hate CLLC is because he has always done it with Chelsea. I do not mind players voicing their support after the announcement has been made.

  2. CedarsDevil says:

    Regarding Saturday’s game and whilst I would take any win however I would much rather a dramatic win then a comfortable one…. A vintage extra time United winner as an example. For me such a win would cause the dippers more pain and heartache, furthermore the celebrations that usually follow such a win are savory.

    Anyway I am just imagining my own personal scenario and as I said I would take any win.

    Come ON UNITED

  3. Jeet says:

    @Cedars: If I really start getting dramatically sadistic, here’s the script:
    1. Kyut fires them into the lead. 5 fingers and all.
    2. Spurred on by 70,000 Reds, we start putting them to the sword. KKKunt takes off the 35m donkey and puts in an extra defender at halftime. Rooney hits the bar in the 60th, and we start wondering if it’s one of THOSE days.
    3. 85th minute, toothycunt finally cracks and is caught pulling Rafael’s hair. All hell breaks loose as he is sent off. Play stopped for a minute.
    4. 5 minutes injury time announced
    5. 92nd minute – Scholesy screamer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Play held up again because the world has just gone mad.
    5. 96th minute, with KKKunt furiously gesticulating at his watch, Stevieme attempts a cute backpass to Cunt Carragher, who slips. Guess who should pounce on it but our Babyfaced Assassin 2.0. The rest as they say is history. Ref is mobbed. Fergie time reigns supreme. Toothycunt is left consoling stevieme in the center circle, as KKKunt offers his leper’s cock as a dummy to hush them. Rats all over the world rejoice.

    BLISS, though I doubt my heart would survive it :(

    Jokes aside, and not to tempt fate with any hubris, may the footballing Gods be with us this weekend. Its Good vs Evil, and may The Babes guide our step at OT. Amen.

  4. bayoRed says:

    The ecstasy that comes with a dramatic win is priceless. But for liverpool this time around I would like a win that shows the difference in class between the two clubs, the two managers and the two sets of players. An Arsenal 8-2 kind of result and I’ll be happy for the rest of the season. I wont say liverpool has never been this bad but I believe right now they are very ordinary and this is the time to really stick it up their a****s. Thats why Dogleash is trying to shift focus to the Suarez row, he can see that they will need more that football tactics to beat or avoid a thrashing on Saturday. But I too will savour any win!

  5. Jeet says:

    Missing a bobbycharlie1968 rant ahead of this weekend:)

  6. bayoRed says:

    Bobby Charlton

    ” I can’t wait for Saturday’s game but I am pretty gutted that I won’t be at Old Trafford. I’m heading off on holiday tomorrow but have already checked with the hotel that the game will be shown live. And the even better news is we have MUTV in our villa! I feel really confident about the game – 3-1 to United is my prediction. (GT)”

    3-1 it is then!

  7. CedarsDevil says:


    Bloody hell pal, you really made me live through it with that post of yours. Read it twice and it seriously made me feel as if I was watching the real thing!

    Come ON UNITED

  8. bayoRed says:


    You are not alone in the liquid breakfast! Looking forward to the liquid breakfast on saturday and my wife’s dissaproving look!

  9. CedarsDevil says:


    You have a point! However the difference in class on all fronts has been evident since both clubs were created, no more so than the last 20 years or so…..

    I am not getting ahead of my self or being cocky in anyway but I can only see a home win, no matter how it comes I do not care

  10. bayoRed says:

    Agree completely

    ”A win is a win” hell, I will even take a ”dubious” penalty!

  11. Jeet says:

    @Cedars: Not too put too fine a point on modesty, I have to admit I felt the same way, hahaha!! honestly don’t think I’ll survive that :lol:

    Cheers, my friend!

  12. James21 says:

    A dog called Rosie has just put £189,000 on Arry Redknapp becoming the next England manager.

  13. bayoRed says:

    Any team news on the rescheduled reserves match? TC, Ando???

  14. CedarsDevil says:


    Hahaha…. And too right I would have hunted you down and had you sitting at the South Stand!


    I have always maintained that United will eventually lead to my death, lovingly so may I add!

  15. Jay says:

    I don’t see a problem with what Keane said about Rooney because it was true. To me Rooney seems two face with his comment regarding Capello leaving. Players are there to play football not say who they want as manager. Wilshere and Kyle Walker showed gratitude, what if Harry doesn’t get the position will Rooney throw a strop because it’s not who he wants. Plus he should be careful what he wishes for, how many times has Harry talked up a player and then hardly played them Keane, Defoe, Bent and Crouch.

  16. smartalex says:

    Good day Reds!

    Tom Cleverley was in line to make his return from injury today in a behind-closed-doors match with City. He was pencilled in to play for the reserves against Chelsea on Monday, only for the game to be postponed due to bad weather. United reserves were set to face City’s Elite Development Squad in the Manchester Senior Cup at Altrincham tonight, but now the game has been switched to Carrington at 1pm today. MUTV are showing it live.

  17. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Yes rooney may have not lived up to expectations for england but who has? when did football become a one man game?.

    We know wayne’s previous wrongdoings, do i really need keane to emphasise that for me because wayne shared an opinion?. What a load of bullshit this world has come to when a man can’t express opinion anymore.

    I’m sure he’s fully focused on united so i don’t get how a tweet from his iphone would suddenly affect him. put aside all united heroics, Keane is a just bitter man and ITV have signed up the perfect puppet to unnecessarily batter united.

    I don’t even get why miss piggy aka adrian chiles who has as much footballing knowledge as a drugged up turkey picked wayne on purpose, rooney wasn’t exactly the one tweeting about the england job.

  18. smartalex says:

    ps Freddie Veseli is cup-tied for the clash.

  19. CedarsDevil says:

    The FA have said that the next England manager would be hired on their terms…. Seriously? dah

    What a bunch of inept fools….

    Out for my walk and then some Thai food…….

    Catch you later you frigging beauties

  20. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Who gives a damn about who gets the job, england will ultimately still be Shit at international football. They may have a couple of quality players but the team is mostly full of average players the fans relate to because they run around and put in a “Shift”.

    Arry will be picking his favourites now, so expect lampard and terry to lead the team to yet another glory of failure, rooney will be battered, every bitter rival fan will say united players are to blame, the romance will wear off. Redknapp will return to illegal fishing in bournemouth for “Therapy”, terry will get in bed with his team mate’s wife because he had a “Bad day”, The fa will go back to wanting a manager from over-seas, he’ll be forced to make gareth “A HGV truck can turn and run faster than me” Barry captain, crouch will still keep dreaming about trying to be van basten and being an england legend instead of realising that he should be feeding apples to giraffes in a zoo, England fans will get on talksports weeping to adrian durham and his ballet dancing side-kick goughy and so on. It’s a never ending circle and until england fans lower their expectations to that of the faroe islands, they’ll keep weeping after every debacle. Spending 800 million on a stadium won’t guarantee success and neither will arrogance, money can’t buy talents either so the drama rumbles on.

  21. It's in my blood says:

    Morning All.

    Looks like i’ve missed all the fun yesterday/ this morning, some funny posts, Jeet ,sandeep , james and others!
    Smartalex, hi, thanks for the info re the game against the bitters today.
    Anyone got any links?

    King Eric, can’t believe Pearce is being touted as manager for Ingurland again. as you said, the media reckon he’s passionate.
    Yeah, passionate but talentless.

    And one cup “Arry, dear oh dear.
    MG, this is surely your moment, is it not time to do a Ginger Ninja and come out of retirement?

    My Lord Cedars and Earl James, morning!
    Less of the jokes about the South stand please, it’s full of……..well…..if the cameras home in on the lone bloke trying to cajole the Sloth Stand into a few verses of “In your liverpool slums”, that’ll be me just before they eject me!

  22. smartalex says:

    It’s in my blood – good morning mate! Links should start coming through shortly.

    As far as the Euro’s are concerned, and beyond; the right appointment is Gary Neville.
    He will chose his own team, with a good blend of youth and mid-to-late-20′s players, with only a couple of over 30 stalwarts. He will prepare them thoroughly and motivate them well. They will all respect him and trust him. They will perform well, and will all come through with some credit and their confidence intact. After the Euro’s he should stand down. Then the FA must appoint a long-term English (or Scottish?) manager.

  23. RedHound says:

    a typically well-researched, balanced, in depth look at De Gea and LindeGaard. With Stats and everything. And a very good conclusion i must say.

  24. wayne says:

    Don’t see what the big deal is Capello has been collecting 6mill a year and has done fuck all,does anyone think England are better now than they were when he took over,are they fuck.Hope the new manager has the balls to leave JT out the poisionous cunt.
    Lets not forget Italians have a history of quitting anyone remember the second world war,fucking quit by the thousands then as well,my dad was station in Italy said they didn’t want to know
    Give the job to Moyes

  25. col says:


    Harry Redknapp has been told this morning that he can leave Tottenham for the England job.
    The only condition being that he must write his own resignation letter ….. :D

  26. Jeet says:

    The thing is, I’m beginning to wonder, much like the chelsea gaffer’s job, who in their right minds would want to take the england job? It’s a poisoned chalice, and it would take a man with extraordinary vision, committment and courage to do a long term cleanup job. Almost somebody like Fergie? And mind you, Bernstein is no Busby, and if you aint got the long term backing of the FA, you might as well forget it. So, I guess, by default, it will fall to some egotistic chancer, or someone who has taken the 3 lions jingoism a bit too seriously for his own good.

    None of my business frankly; internationally, I support Brazil and Netherlands. It’s becoming more and more difficult to support Brazil though, what with cunts like dani alves. And ohh, I forget dejong. Might as well start supporting Mexico for Chicha, or one of the African nations. Really dont care, but I do enjoy a good circus once in a while.

  27. wayne says:

    Has ‘arry ever won fuck all i know he’s overspent at most clubs without achieving anything,another overrated cunt who wouldn’t win fuck all as England manager.
    Honestly don’t get the fuss,he spent a small fortune and taken Spurs to 3rd big fucking deal

  28. It's in my blood says:


    Hi, i think it was FletchTHEMAN who reminded us of reasons to support Zambia?
    Food for thought perhaps, but Brucie maybe for Ingurland?
    Not that i really give two hoots incidentally!

  29. bob says:

    Stuart pearce is nw the manager, I told you all last night.

    Now will Rooney or Hart be captain?

  30. WillieRedNut says:

    Don King has threw his hair into the ring for England job.

  31. bayoRed says:

    Am just wondering what makes Harry frontrunner for this job. If the only qualification required is to be English then David Beckham must be thrown into the hat as well. Otherwise his c.v does not cut it for what is supposed to be one of the top jobs in international football.

  32. WillieRedNut says:

    Luis Suarez would consider the England job, if all Black players retire from international football.

    King Kenny would be interested in the job, as long as he could pick Luis Suarez.

  33. wayne says:

    Also makes me laugh when the pundits talk about pressure,yeah tough fucking gig watching football every week,best seats,private jet get treated like a king and get paid millions.
    Fucking laughable,pressure is a single mother with a deadbeat dad working 2 jobs just to survive

  34. smartalex says:

    Bon King Boris Becker has thrown his racket in.

  35. smartalex says:

    John McEnroe has thrown a tantrum in.

    Chalk dust!

  36. WillieRedNut says:

    Pete Doherty has threw his bag of skag in the ring too! But the FA have ruled out the silly hat he wears!

  37. It's in my blood says:

    Fuck me, clueless but passionate Pearce has got the Inguland job.

  38. King Eric says:

    wayne – Hello mate. Spot on. He has won ONE FA cup in his entire 40 year or so managerial career. That should’nt have been either if United hadnt been shafted with the blatant pen that was given on Ronnie.

    Its in my blood – Hep up fella. Pearce? Ha. fuck me. The media will love him and the fans because he is PASSIONATE. Talentless but passionate. Fucking clowns. Pearce the man who played Cleverley on the left wing or on the bench in the under 21 tournament to accomodate Herman Munster Henderson who was fucking dogshit.

  39. Paul Parker says:

    @Smartalex – cheers for the Cleverley post mate, good to know he’s nearly ready to return. Any word on Anderson? The manager said the Europa is a challenge he’s up for so who knows how he’ll shuffle the squad for Ajax?

    @Samuel – good points mate, and your right, even tho Capello hasn’t covered himself in glory the problems of the national team are much deeper than him alone. Indeed, its usually the FA and the Press who fuck things up. Obviously I doubt Arry will win anything, in fact the very IDEA of England winning anything is stupid at this present time, but I do think he’ll get better performances out of this current squad. That can’t be too hard considering the woeful stuff England played under Capello!

    Just like at Club level, the England set up should be more concerned with getting regular Performances imo. and not put the cart before the horse. People expect England to progress in tournaments but they can’t even put in a decent shift for 90 minutes, and thats the problem. Players have a blinder at the weekend at Club level then turn out for England playing like its a death sentence over them. No top flight manager would tolerate the half-arsed way England play, not when you add up the transfer value of the players at England disposal, and their experience. Whoever they appoint for the Euros I doubt very much the national team will be any worse than they are now, and Capello is responsible for that, long before he changed his tune with the FA. He’ll probably go back to Madrid when Mourinho leaves.

  40. smartalex says:

    Paul Parker shows Ando’s expected return as ‘unknown’
    Also listed as ‘unknown’ are Smalling, Bebe and Fletcher.

    If all 4 were named in the starting line-up against Liverpool, we would discuss formations until the game started. There would be the occasional ‘didn’t know he was fit/back’ interjected. Our Gaffer’s cards remain tight-chested until the Ref wheezes to start the game.

  41. WillieRedNut says:

    Maybe the ref needs a remedy, then?

  42. smartalex says:

    Something to bury his cough in?

  43. WillieRedNut says:

    Need to give him the cold shoulder though.

  44. LoneStarRed says:

    @ Redhound

    Thanks for the link. It’s quite reassuring that the author’s conclusion matches exactly what SAF is doing. this Fergie guy seems to know what he is about.


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