“Park never stops running. Every time he plays he puts in a great shift and works his socks off – he is very dependable.

“He’s not the biggest of players but he’s not scared to put a challenge in. He reminds me of a pinball machine because he’s always bouncing off everybody!”

 – Mickey Thomas on Ji-sung Park
13/12/2008 19:48
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Focus on... Ji-sung Park

This boundless energy and willingness to get stuck in have seen Park used increasingly in important games by Sir Alex. He impressed in last month’s defeat at Arsenal and also started against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in September, where he netted the Reds’ opener.

Whereas fellow widemen Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani dazzle the opposition with their skills, Park provides crucial defensive cover when United’s full-backs bomb forward – while his technical talent and positional sense create problems of their for defenders.

“He brings that bit more balance to the team and I think Patrice Evra appreciates it,” Thomas adds. “And against Manchester City he swapped wings because he gave Rafael more protection than Ronaldo would have done on the right side.”

Park has dealt well with the disappointment of not starting every game for United, no more so than when he missed out in Moscow.

“To not even be on the bench after playing such a big part in the run-up was devastating for him,” says Thomas.

“But he said nothing – he just got on with it. He doesn’t get upset and his demeanour never changes.He’s happy and knows

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