Park Ji-sung, South Korean professional footballer was one of the most underrated players to play in the jersey of Manchester United. Born in Goheung, Park is one of the greatest footballers of Asia and surely the best player from South Korea till now. Before diving into why he is the most underrated player of Manchester United, you must be aware of his career stats. Manchester United’s midfielder had scored 19 goals in 134 matches for his club.
Park Ji sung also appeared in 100 matches for his national team and scored 13 goals. Despite these number games, there are many worth mentioning aspects of the unsung hero of Manchester United. As a football fan, there are very limited things to crave for. They don’t want too much from players except for their strong desire and commitment to the game. As a fan, you only count the effort put in by the player, keeping aside the results. Win, lose or draw doesn’t matter as long as the players are ready to perform exceeding their abilities.
Things are not working well for Manchester United. They are in the 10th position in the league table after playing seven games. They are struggling to regain their dominance in the Premier League. It seems that they need a better team, or at least a better winger to roll things ahead. Maybe they need a Park Ji-sung.
The South Korean midfielder was a big match player for United. He played for the club for 7 years and he is the most decorated football player in Asia with 19 trophies. However, trophies apart he is better known for his contribution to the big games, on bigger stages. (more…)
United have increased their interest in Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff in a bid to complete a transfer to Old Trafford this season. It is understood that the Red Devils have already sent a bid of £15 million for the player which was rejected by the club.
The Magpies have been hit with negative headlines this week after the exit of Rafa Benitez last week. It is understood that Sean Longstaff is weighing his options. The midfielder is considered as an important player by Newcastle who wanted to keep him.
Manchester United have enjoyed a good spell of recent under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. The Red Devils are currently in the mix for the top four and have a quarterfinal UEFA Champions League tie to look forward to in April.
However, the club are already looking towards strengthening the squad ahead of next season a couple of players have been linked with a move to the club. According to reports from France, Manchester United are interested in signing French defender William Saiba in the summer.
The ex-international of South Korea says that examination on the record signing is definitely inevitable but it is also possible that he can come back to form and Paul Pogba needs to learn to deal for being blamed for the shortcomings of Manchester United but he can definitely emerge from a very tough start to his 2nd spell at the club of Old Trafford, as per the Park Ji Sung.
The winner of World Cup made a comeback to the club for about $113m in the season of summer of the year 2016 from the club of Juventus, but he is yet to start to repay that same fee. The relationship of Pogba with Jose has been the main narrative of his 2nd coming before the sacking of Portuguese coach earlier in this month.
The Red Devils are on the look-out for a player from Asia who suits Jose Mourinho’s playing style and will also enhance their profile on the continent.
Manchester United are looking to find another Asian superstar to follow in the footsteps of Park Ji-sung and Shinji Kagawa.
After the success of star Son Heung-min, Korean football fans raised the question: has the player reached the level of Park Ji-Sung yet? September marked a milestone in the career of “Sonaldo”. The 26-year-old led the way to the ASIAD 2018 gold medal. This achievement was enough to spur the South Koreans from compulsory military service under the law in their hometown.
“Sonaldo” was successful with his career. Before the Olympic Games, Tottenham’s striker did not score goals, but expressed the character of a leader, the architect who built the game for the Korean Olympic Games. The seal of Son Heung-min made clear on the attacking front. He has more than two key-pass passes, of which two South Korean Olympic goals have been marked “Sonaldo.” No 7, Korea’s national team is not sure to find the goals to beat the Japanese Olympic fought high spirits throughout the two unions.
North Korea were able to reach the Asian cup 2019 for a third consecutive occasion after managing to overcome Hong Kong 2-0 in the latest match. North Korea have been quite successful when it comes to reaching the Asian Cup finals and they have been able to keep the tradition going due to the win over Hong Kong. Jong Il-Gwan came up with the first goal after just 20 minutes.
North Korea could not imagined a better start since Pak Kwang-Ryong doubled the advantage after four minutes. This provided North Korea with a huge advantage going into the break and they managed to prevent any kind of a comeback from the away team.
This happens to be the first win for North Korea in four competitive matches. It also comes at a crucial time for manager Jorn Andersen, who will be leaving his role as the national team manager. He has been in charge of the team since 2016.
This is a great sendoff for the Norwegian. North Korea will be hoping to improve on the performances under the Norwegian under any new manager. Apart from witnessing a regular stream of success for North Korea in the Asian Cup, fans also get to witness Philippines and Yemen reaching the tournament for the first time. Philippines were able to get a win over Tajikistan, while Yemen put being the concerns about the disappointing spell for the last few months. Yemen were able to claim a crucial 2-1 win over Nepal.
Abdulwasea Al Matari had provided an early lead for Yemen, but the hopes of qualification were dashed when Shrestha equalised just before half-time. However, Yemen had the last laugh in the game asAbdulwasea Al Matari provided a late winner to help secure three points for the team. North Korea do not have any matches lined up as of now.
Manchester United legend Park Ji-Sung has urged South Korean supporters to get behind their team prior to their vital World Cup qualifier in Seoul against ‘European Iran’.
South Korean head coach Shin Tae-Yong will have the services of Son Heung-Min back in his squad after he recovered from a broken wrist sustained in the previous round of fixtures. The K-League games for the weekend of Aug. 27 and 28 have been called off to provide Shin with additional time to work with his players.
Iran have already sealed their spot in next year’s World Cup as they sit seven points clear in Group A, but South Korea’s grip on the second automatic qualification position is still weak with Uzbekistan right on their tail. A victory at the national stadium will enable Korea qualify for the World Cup for the ninth successive time, should Uzbekistan, a point behind them, lose to China. Otherwise, the Far East national will travel to Uzbekistan for the final group game knowing that they will need to produce a positive result to qualify.
Park, who made 100 appearances for the national side, believes that the players will be under huge pressure to perform with Iran having not lost a single game in the qualifying group, he said: “In this situation, the players will feel heavy pressure. But if they’re national team players, they need to overcome the pressure and show their abilities. I hope fans can cheer for our national team, and give them support at least in those two matches. Iran is in Asia, but the players’ physiques are more like Europeans. They play rough and powerful football, so that’s why opponents have a hard time.”
A sellout is expected for the crunch qualifier on August 31, and South Korea will hope to start the game in quick fashion in order to avoid the blues which have seen them lose three of the last four qualifiers.
There is so much pressure on Manchester United to impress in the forthcoming season, being that the Red Devils have history, a proven top manager and deep pocket.
A former star of the club Ji Sung Park opines that the team can reach the Champions League final next year.
Park spent seven years at Old Trafford before he exited the side. The 36-year old is deeply convinced that the Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho would build on his Europa League victory to reach the final of the elite European club competition. He goes on to add that the former Chelsea boss could really emulate former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
“Jose Mourinho showed in his first season what he can do. The league table was not what we wanted, but he qualified for the Champions League, and he also brought us the Europa League trophy. He can bring the team to the same level as before under Sir Alex Ferguson,” the South Korean said.
Mourinho has added defender Victor Lindelof and Belgium international Romelu Lukaku to the ranks ahead of the new term. Ivan Perisic has been linked with a move to the club as the former Real Madrid manager works on the team.
Park says that Mourinho would better know the players next season. Since Ferguson retired from his role as coach, United have struggled to meet high expectations. The global ambassador for the club believes that Mourinho can help the club to its former great heights.
“They won the Europa League last season, which will give them confidence in the Champions League. Some of those players already have experience of playing in the Champions League too. With the quality of players they have, they can aim for the semi-final or final,” Park added.