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Ji-Sung Park: Top Ten Moments

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#10 Debut Goal V Birmingham Carling Cup 20/12/2005

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Ji-Sung Park endeared himself immediately to the Manchester United fans with his all-out running style and high tempo work-rate. He affectionately became known as ‘three-lungs Park’ for the unbelievable amount of energy he always seemed to have in reserve. The South Korean soon reminded us of his goal-scoring prowess as well when he arrowed a beauty into the top corner of the Birmingham City net in United’s 3-1 win over the midlands team in the quarter-final of the Carling Cup in December 2005.

#9 Goal V Liverpool F.A. Cup 28/01/2012

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Manchester United produced one of their most dominant first-half displays of 2012 when they took on Liverpool at Anfield in last season’s 4th Round F.A. Cup tie. The Reds ended a magnificent passing move with a Rafael cross, which found Park in the box, who fired the ball home to equalise for United. The Reds ended up losing the game, however scoring in front of the Kop at Anfield usually means automatic entry in any of Red Army’s top tens.

#8 Goal V Chelsea Premier League 21/09/2008

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Ji-Sung Park had earned himself the right to play in all of United’s important matches and it was this game at Stamford Bridge where he started his solo assault on all the top Premier League grounds in the country. Park opened the scoring early for the Reds and United almost held on to end Chelsea’s four-year unbeaten home record. It wasn’t to be as the score ended 1-1, however Park, who had been left out of the Champions League final against Chelsea three months earlier, proved why he was the man for the big occasion with yet another impressive display.

#7 Goal V AC Milan Champions League Last 16 10/03/2010

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Park had already taken down all of the Premier League clubs by this point so the next step was to shine in Europe. United’s number thirteen was often picked in United’s big Champions League matches for his immense work rate, none more than the two European Cup finals against Barcelona. In 2010 when United demolished AC Milan at Old Trafford in the last 16 of the Champions League, Ji-Sung Park put the icing on the cake with a superbly taken goal which further boosted the midfielder’s high profile resume.

#6 Winner V Liverpool Premier League 21/03/2010

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Park’s low-profile demeanour meant that he was often over-looked in the big games by the opposition team. Back in 2010 when United were looking to gain ground on Chelsea in the title race, the Reds found themselves deadlocked at 1-1 against the Scousers at Old Trafford. With United running out of ideas, up popped Ji-Sung Park head home United’s winner, which not only capped a magnificent display, it also reminded him that it could be worse, he could be Scouse…

#5 Winner V Arsenal Premier League 13/12/2011

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If there’s one team that may be glad to see Ji-Sung Park not wearing Manchester United colours any more, then it has to be Arsenal. The ex-South Korea captain scored five times against the Gunners in his United career and seemed to run the midfield every time the two teams met. On this occasion Park netted the winner with a superb header at Old Trafford in a close encounter that finished 1-0 to the Reds. Park had slain the North London side once again, and earned United another three valuable points in the title race.

#4 Goal V Arsenal Premier League 31/01/2010

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If Ji-Sung Park had perfected the art of scoring against Arsenal, then Manchester United had perfected the art of the counter-attack against Arsene Wenger’s men. In this league encounter in 2010, the Reds annihilated the Gunner’s back four yet again with another display of breathtaking football. After Rooney had already scored the goal of the season, Ji-Sung Park netted United’s third after running all on his own from the half-way line. The Reds won 3-1, but it could have been a cricket score, and it was all down to the industry of Park yet again.

#3 Goal V Arsenal Champions League Semi-Final 05/05/2009

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In what was Ji-Sung Park’s biggest ever game to date, United kicked-off having a slender 1-0 first leg semi-final lead. Arsenal were confident that they could over-turn the deficit, however Fergie’s men new that an away goal would all-but put the tie beyond the Gunner’s reach and confirm the Reds as Champions League finalists again. Ji stood up to the plate, and his menace in the box caused confusion in the Arsenal defence which allowed him to slide home an early goal for United. The South Korean was not finished there however, as he was involved in the build up in what was arguably the best counter-attack of all time when Ronaldo scored United’s third. Later that year Park went on to become the first Asian player in history to play in the Champions League final.

#2 Winner V Wolves Premier League  06/11/2010

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Manchester United met Wolves at Old Trafford having been decimated by injuries in the week building up to this match. Things got worse after Owen Hargreaves, who was making his first appearance in two years pulled up with injury after only six minutes. The Reds were searching for inspiration in a game where they should have lost, and then inexplicably seemed to be holding on for a draw against relegation placed Wolves. Then amazingly in the third minute of injury time, Park took a breath from his third lung, twisted and turned in the box, then fired home a dramatic winner. The Reds went onto win the league that season, and moments like this along the way proved vital.

#1 Goal V Chelsea Champions League Quarter-Final 12/04/2011

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After United beat Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of this quarter-final, the Reds knew that avoiding defeat at Old Trafford would book them a place in the next round of the Champions League. United took the lead early in the game through Hernandez and seemed to be in cruise control until Drogba equalised for Chelsea to put the game on tenterhooks. However seconds after the re-start, cometh the hour cometh THE man as Park confirmed United’s passage into the semi-final with an exquisite finish to send the Theatre of Dreams into raptures. Park went on to start in his second Champions League final in three years, but his legendary status had already been solidified at the world’s biggest club.

Published 14 Jul 2012
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