Park Ji Sung hard work is just reward for a place in Rome
After suffering heartbreak last season after missing out on the Champions League final against Chelsea, Park Ji-Sung is certain to be rewarded for his terrific performances this year with a place in United’s 11.
The 28-year-old described missing out on last year’s penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea as “the biggest disappointment in my career so far”. But it is unlikely he will miss this year’s game against Barcelona, thanks largely to some exceptional football played by the South Korean.
He is a worker on the field, an all round type of player that possesses many abilities. A few have given him nicknames such as “Oxygen Tank” and “Three Lungs”, he is a tireless, energetic player.
He is still not an accomplished player, but if maintains his good from week in week out then he can quickly rise to super stardom. Park knew after he’d missed last year’s final, that the chance will come again, and now that it has he has become more stronger.
“That I couldn’t be in that squad for Moscow was heartbreaking,” Park said. “It was the biggest disappointment of my career so far, but I used it as motivation.
“I believed United could get to the final again and I wanted to be there this time. I kept working hard and finally I have one more chance, so hopefully this time it is different to last season.”
Park has made 30 appearances in a United shirt this year, the South Korean midfielder was signed for just £4m from PSV, and from then on has been seen as a cult hero at Old Trafford. He has blossomed, and there is still more to come.
He may flourish against Barcelona, where he is expected to play on the right hand side, where he is likely to oppose former Arsenal left back Sylvinho. Due to Eric Abidal’s suspension, Park may find it easier taking on the veteran full back and it may be his night. We’ll just have to wait and see…