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!