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The Importance Of Park

Park Ji-Sung is one of the few United players who manages to escape much praise from the media and our fans. Whilst he’s never going to set the World alight, I think he certainly has a job to do for us, particularly next season.

Cristiano Ronaldo will miss the opening couple of months of the season and with Ryan Giggs not getting any younger, we could be relying on Park and Nani rather heavily in the opening months of the season (once Nani has finished his two match suspension).

Following a rather injury-ravaged season, Park has announced that he’ll be back in full training next week, meaning it won’t be long before he’s ready for first team action.

“I need probably one more week (before I’m back in full training), I’m nearly there,” Park said. “I’m looking forward to the season because last season I missed six months. I want to play more than last season and show my ability on the pitch. Then maybe I will get more chances (in the team).”

Park’s highlight of last season arguably game in the return leg of the European Cup semi-final against Barcelona. The whole team had to work hard that night, but Park was one who certainly stood out.

The Manchester Evening News was full of praise the following day, making Park their Man of the Match. “The South Korean possesses stamina that defies logic but is more than just a willing runner and came close to finding the back of the net in the first half, while providing a glorious cross from which Nani should have scored 9“. Sky Sports rated him in the same way, rivalling Lionel Messi on the night.

What Park may lack in natural talent, he makes up for in his willingness to work for the team. He wins the ball in positions he has no right to, after tirelessly covering the pitch.

The sooner he is back to fitness, the better!

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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20 Comments

  1. denton davey says:

    I love this guy – heart, guts, and ThreeLungs. And, he seems to be a committed squaddie, too. Like O’Shea, Fletcher, and – aaargh ! – Mikey Silvestre – these squaddies are crucial in the long haul of a 60 or 70 game season. I would have put Wesley into that category but I think he has now promoted himself into the first-choice right back.

  2. Oooodz says:

    I agree completely with Denton Davey he’s valuable and he certainly has skills I don’t think he’s ever looked out of place in the team for me. The only thing he isn’t good at shooting!!

  3. OP says:

    He is great. Not to mention that alongside Evra he is Carlitos best friend. the three of them are legends

  4. suhayl says:

    agree denton davey…

    Very valuable asset….great lungs..great versatility…great player to have on the bench. And does a very unsung and understated job for us…much like hargo.

    If he gets fully over the cruciate injury and gets anywhere near his PSV days/form. Then we have a top top player on our hands.

    Cant wait for him, hargo, andy, foster etc all to come back and beef up our team

  5. Kienu says:

    OP, how do u know that the 3 of them are best friends? Also does Park speaks good english? He hardly does interviews!;)

  6. twinnyd says:

    yeah park is definitely a important squad player.more than oshea and fletcher.this guy is dynamic,dedicated,a good tackler.its just that he needs to work on his finishing.if that happens,he’ll compete well with nani for the the other side of midfield.

  7. Arsene wanker says:

    i think he’s avery important player in our teamwe all remember the match against Middlesbrough away last year when we were 1-2 behind,and when he came in, he had a immediate impact in creating Roony’s goal.good player imho.

  8. Arsene wanker says:

    i think he’s a very important player in our team.we all remember the match against Middlesbrough away last year when we were 1-2 behind,and when he came in, he had an immediate impact in creating Rooney’s goal.good player imho.

  9. Drew Vader says:

    i think the main issue here, and one that has so far been glossed over by Scott and the rest of the commentators is….

    What the hell is going on in that picture??? Is Evra giving Park a reach around or what? Get a room guys…

  10. Jimmybob says:

    good player ,runs all day puts his foot in sets up and scores goals plus he is happy with his role at the club I’ll be glad when he is fit again

  11. Jonny says:

    Marketing tool.

  12. Unite Always says:

    He has a winning mentality. my concern is, that park JS hasn’t perform as good as he was in PSV couple years ago. I watched CL league semifinal between PSV and AC Milan (the year when lucky liverpool is champion), Park JS torture AC Milan’s defense single handedly. Too bad PSV lost on aggregate. his passing was awesome and freekick too. by that time i wish that he bought by SAF, and then wow.. it’s true. I hope he could play again like the old time.. :D cheers

  13. OTRed says:

    @ Drew Vader: ROTFLMAO, seems like something Gerrard would do to Torres.

  14. ManUnited10Titles says:

    Nice one Drew….:)

  15. eddidaz says:

    Park is a MACHINE

  16. SINGH says:

    Very underrated player and to UNITE ALWAYS I remember that match and totaly agree with you.

  17. denton davey says:

    UniteAlways is right – J-S Park has not been the dynamic player I saw in the CL v. ACMilan. But, hey, the kid’s all-right and IF he could ever get himself to match fitness and stay injury free then perhaps we might see THAT player again. Otherwise, a squaddie.

  18. Dutton says:

    AAAAAAAAALLLLL THE PEOPLE
    SOOOO MANY PEOPLE
    AND THEY ALLLLLLL GOOOOOOO HAND IN HAND
    HAND IN HAND THROUGH THEIRRRRRRRRRR

    PARKLIFE!

  19. 김 성민 says:

    He not American

    He super Korean!!

  20. kavir says:

    IMPORTANCE OF PARK

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