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Park Showing Quality - What Has The World Come To?

The headline, I'll admit, is a tad harsh on Ji-Sung Park who had proved plenty of times in the past that he is much more than a pair of leather lungs. However, there is no denying the fact that it is his industry rather than skill that makes him invaluable, his industry and tactical discipline.

But in recent weeks he played a crucial part in our good form, and not only by adhering perfectly to tactical instructions, performing every task entrusted to him with the maximum of discipline but by showing some real quality, too.

He was our best player in the Carling Cup final, passing the ball around crisply, often threading it through to the strikers, putting them in very good positions. His direct running is one thing, we know about that but PASSING? From JI SUNG PARK? And good passing, too. Not Xaviesque brilliance, obviously, but still, he showed himself to be a capable creative force.

And the same against Milan: he flourished in the role behind Wayne Rooney, smothering the influence of Andrea Pirlo and providing attacking impetus. It was a marvellous bonus that he got on the end of a Scholes through ball to put the tie way beyond the reach of our opponents with a classy finish.

Even against Fulham where he only came on as a substitute he had two memorable moments: first, he set up Berbatov with a sublime cross with the outside of his foot but the Bulgarian headed wide. In the dying minutes, in came another inch-perfect cross from the Korean and this time Berbatov did not miss.

It might sound blasphemous but it's true: the form of Park ensured we did not miss Ryan Giggs who is due to return against Liverpool. And though the Welsh Wizard is fit, I'd start with a trio of Valencia, Park and Nani behind Rooney - surely there's no higher praise for Park then suggesting he should start instead of Giggs?




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 17 2010

Time: 11:18PM

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I've always thought Park could be a dangerous player in the hole. His movement and ability to create space for himself has always been impeccable. His biggest fault in my opinion was a lack of composure. Too many times we've seen him through on goal and his touch or shot let him down. Too often we've seen him make a good run, attempt to play a final ball and then misplace it. However, on the back of a couple of good performances, he has kicked on and is showing real quality at the moment.

I thought it was really interesting to see his recent comments where he said "Now I feel quite confident. Mentally I am in a good place. The fans have also been supporting me. It makes me more assured about showing my ability on the pitch". Nani and Fletcher both said similar things about how the crowd reaction affected their game. We've had a few players over the years whose quality has been called into question and once that starts every bad touch or decision becomes a major issue, whereas a fan favourite like Rooney can get away with multiple bad touches in a row (as we saw at fulham). Its human instinct to sigh and groan when one of our squad players gives the ball away, but I think we underestimate the power of 70,000 people sighing collectively. Its the O'Sheas, Parks, Fletchers and Browns that keep any club ticking by stepping in and doing their best and then dropping out again without making a fuss. What we should have learnt over the years is that with a little support these players can become far more than just squad fillers if we do what supporters should - support the team.
tuscan3000
Park is one of the most under-rated players on the Manchester United squad. Before I get the raised eye brows, I would like to mention that he comes from a huge cultural difference than what most people are used to. It plays against his game due to the fact he is the ONLY Korean to play for a club prestigious as Manchester United. Korean's can be VERY tough critics to please, especially to their own kind, but many of you might like to point out the many players deal with this type of pressure. Guess you won't know untill your Korean yourself. Another factor is the fact that he is considered a very minor player in the squad. Sure, he has some die-hard following in small numbers, but nothing compared to the likes of what Ronaldo had or Rooney is currently having. He lacks self-confidence. He feels like he has to pass the ball rather than try something in the likes of what Ronaldo, Nani, or Rooney has the balls to attempt or he gets it. Keep in mind that Asians are looked on as a VERY BIG MINORITY in global sports period( or atleast the ones that matter to most people) Simply put, he's not a perfect match for the type of game Manchester United plays. I think he's more fit for an Arsenal type of game play myself but...thats besides the point. Park is a FANTASTIC ASSET to the team. HE NEVER COMPLAINS. NEVER FIGHTS. NEVER PERFORMS UNNECESSARY ACTIONS. HE ALWAYS GIVES HIS 110%. I think its time people start appreciating how much ground he covers. Honestly, if your not watching football on the technical level, its so easy to miss the type of role he is playing. Sure, the stats don't show it...but believe me. There's a reason why stingy Fergie chose to gamble on the South Korean. Little more support, and confidence....guarantee he is a much better choice than Nani or Anderson. Give the man some props.
benjaminschi
The more free role he's had definately has a lot to do with the way he's been playing as it suits him a lot more. I just wish he would learn to finish.
khoder
Keep playing like we know you can Park - you are one helluva player :)
niteworlok
Park is a fantatic player who has a great potential to get bigger and bigger every season if he works on his confident level.
junkong80
WELL DONE,PARK!!KEEP UP THE HARD WORK!!
junkong80
 

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