With Park Ji Sung, finally calling it a day on his 7 year long career with Manchester United, Goal.com takes a look at his Top 10 moments in a red shirt...
Even Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that it is not Cristiano Ronaldo or Wayne Rooney but the diminutive South Korean who has given him the most selection headaches and has referred him as a "big match player" on several occasions. United fans gave him the nickname "Three Lung Park" for his exceptional workrate and his tireless running for the entire 90 minutes.
As the 31 year old joins QPR for a new adventure, Goal.com takes the opportunity to wish him luck and also chronicles his top 10 moments in a Red shirt...
|10. First Asian to captain Manchester United
Park Ji-Sung on 18th October, 2005 became the first Asian ever to captain Manchester United, when Ryan Giggs handed him the captain's armband against Lille in the Champions League. He would be the captain for a full 90 minutes when United met Ajax in the Europa League on 23rd February 2012. Although United lost the match 1-2, they progressed on aggregate.
|9. Single-handedly saving the blushes against Wolves
Cometh the hour and cometh the man. Park with his brilliant two goal display saved United from stumbling at home against Wolves. He looked dangerous even before he got his first. Clever passing and runs, denied once when he tried to dink over Hahnemann but made no mistake as he slotted home on the stroke of half-time and then popped up with a brilliant winner in extra time after Wolves had equalised.
|8. First Asian to Lift The UEFA Champions League
After playing a pivotal role in United's Champions League journey in 2008, putting in an arguably man of the match performance against Barcelona in the semi-finals, Park and United went on to win the 2008 Champions League, even though he did not play in the final. Later on Sir Alex Ferguson described his decision to not play Park in the final against Chelsea, the toughest call he has had to make.
|7. MoM against Blues in PL 2008/09 after an early goal
Early on in the 2008-09 Premier League season, United came up against Chelsea in what would be an early six pointer. And it was the unsung hero who gave United the lead, scoring a vital goal. Although Chelsea would later equalise and the game would end 1-1, the Korean was just exceptional all throughout the 90 minutes.
|6. MoM Display Against Barcelona in CL winning run in 2008
After a gritty goal less draw at the Nou Camp, United came back into the second leg at Old Trafford confident of progressing. After Paul Scholes had given them an early lead with a screamer, it was the tireless South Korean who put in a tireless shift as he was found everywhere on the pitch and took on the role of 3 or 4 players. Worthy of a man of the match performance, United went on to the finals to lift their third Champions League title.
|5. Knocking out Arsenal in the 2009 UEFA CL Semi-Finals
It doesn't get any bigger than scoring in the semi-finals of the continent's showpiece tournament. And Park Ji-Sung did just that and that too against Arsenal. Only 8 minutes into the game, taking advantage of Kieran Gibbs' slip, he slotted home United's first and thus gave them a 3 goal aggregate advantage. This allowed United to move into the final for the second consecutive year.
|3. Pushing Pirlo out of the Champions League
Manchester United brought home a 3-2 away win at Old Trafford for the Champions League quarter finals 2009-10. Park Ji-Sung had already delivered a masterclass at San Siro marking Andrea Pirlo out of the game, while playing in the hole, behind the strikers. At Old Trafford not only did he stifle Pirlo in midfield, but also ended up scoring a goal in United's 4-0 rout of Milan.
|1. Scores Winner Against Chelsea In 2011 UEFA CL Quarters.
It was the UEFA Champions League quarter finals and United came into the second leg at Old Trafford with a one goal advantage. With Didier Drogba equalising after Hernandez had given them an early lead, and the whole stadium waiting with bated breath, Park popped in and relieved the pressure by scoring a goal off Ryan Giggs' cross. And there, United sailed into the semi-finals.
There you have it. Disagree with our selection? Let us know more such moments when Park Ji-Sung proved that he would give it all for his club, Manchester United?