Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung proud to make 200th club appearance

The former South Korea captain notched his double-century for the Old Trafford outfit by coming on as a substitute during the 3-3 Premier League draw with Chelsea on Sunday

Park Ji-Sung has spoken of his pride in making his 200th appearance for Manchester United on Sunday, declaring that he has proved that Asian players can do more than just sell shirts.

The South Korean came on as a late substitute in the Red Devils’ astounding comeback to a 3-3 draw with Chelsea at the weekend to notch his double-century, having moved to Old Trafford in 2005.

“I am very happy with my position at the moment,” Park told the club’s official website. “Some people did say those things [suggesting that I was only bought for commercial purposes] when I came here. Now no-one says it.

“Many Asian players have seen they can play in Europe at a high level. I am very happy that I proved Asian players can deal with the high levels of European football.

“I have had some big injuries and missed quite a lot of games, but to still make 200 games is brilliant.

“I have tried to become a better player and my team-mates and the coaching staff have helped me a lot to improve my game.”

The midfielder, who retired from international duty in January 2011 after amassing exactly 100 caps and scoring 13 goals, added that the thrill of winning trophies has been a highlight of his time at the club.

“It is difficult to pick out a favourite game,” the 31-year-old continued. “I have a lot of good memories, especially the days when I have lifted trophies. They are great feelings. That is why Manchester United players want to lift trophies again and again.

“The atmosphere at this club is such that when you reach one point, there is a determination straight away to reach other goals and aims. That is the mentality. It is [the] same for me, I've got to 200 games, but I'm now looking forward to 300.”

Park is particularly grateful towards his manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, for showing faith in his ability and helping him to become accustomed to the game in England.

“Before I came here, I believed I could [play at the top level] but I wasn't sure. But the manager believed in me,” he explained.

“He encouraged me to deal with these kinds of levels. He told me to fight. That made a big difference for me in adapting to English football.”