Not many had heard of his name when Sir Alex Ferguson snatched a Korean international named Ji-Sung Park from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven. Yes, the lad enjoyed a remarkable champion league experience with PSV Eindhoven and an outstanding world cup with South Korea in 2002, but not many knew him before joining the Old-Trafford oufits.
Park joined Manchester United for just £4m in 2005 but went on to become one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s most reliable players throughout his seven years at Old Trafford – with his trophy haul including four Premier League titles and a Champions League triumph.
The South Korean midfielder even kept Scholes out of the starting lineup for United’s Champions League defeat to Barcelona in 2009.
Manchester United all-time top-scorer Wayne Rooney recently claimed that Park was arguably of great importance to Ferguson’s great side 2006-2009 that sheltered both Ronaldo and Park.
Rooney opined that, while he, Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez drew much of the acclaim during the period, their success exploits under the tutelage of Ferguson would not have been possible if players like Park and Darren Fletcher had not repeatedly delivered incredible, selfless feats of concentration and discipline.
“Park and Fletcher were always involved. They were vital to us. Players like me, Ronaldo, Tevez got the headlines but they [Park and Fletcher] were as important as us if not more, because of what they did for the team. We knew that inside the dressing room — and also that because they were so good at sacrificing themselves, their actual individual quality was often overlooked,” Ronney Opined.
Ji-Sung Park played 134 games for Manchester United netting 16 goals.