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With Park Ji Sung, finally calling it a day on his 7 year long career with Manchester United, takes a look at his Top 10 moments in a red shirt...

After a 7 year long stint with the Red Devils, Park Ji-Sung has finally called it a day on his long United career. Although he might not have been the flashiest of players, but he was certainly an important cog in the all conquering Manchester United machine after having joined them from PSV Eindhoven for a fee of around £ 4 million.

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, 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.

4. Assisting Hernandez to seal the 19th Premier League Title

Played with incredible energy and plenty of skill from the first minute, when he provided Hernandez with the pass for the opener. He never gave Chelsea's midfielders a second to relax on the ball and maintained his attacking threat as he played a delicious cross to Hernandez and forced Cech into action with a rasping strike. United went on to win 2-1 and opened up a six point gap. Fittingly, they went on to win their 19th title that season.

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.

2. Winning it for United against Liverpool in 2010

Although Liverpool are far from being one of the top forces in England in the last decade or so and are not direct challengers to United's dominance in the Premier League, a United v Liverpool match is always one of the most fiercest games of the season and every player would want to be on the victorious side. And when your goal gets your team the victory, you can certainly be ecstatic.

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?

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