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.

Park Ji Sung Said That Pogba The “Star Player” Was Famous Even When He Was In The Academy Of Manchester United

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.

Son Heung-Min To Reach The Level Of Park Ji-Sung Yet?

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 Qualify for Asian Cup 2019 with win over Hong Kong

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.


Park Ji-Sung urges fans to get behind South Korea

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.



Another UEFA Champions League semi-final clash is yet upon us as Real and Atletico Madrid face off on Tuesday.

Atletico will take a short trip within the Spanish capital city to Estadio Santiago Bernabeu as they play Real for the fourth successive time in the elite European league.

Both sides have clashed two times in the final and Real came out victors on both occasions. The other was at the quarter finals and Real were victors. This is the first time they are competing in the semi-final – a rare thing in the Champions League era.

Since the rebranded tournament in 1992, there have been 44 semi-final clashes but less than 20 percent of them have been games between clubs in the same league. Even rarer is a city derby.

The first domestic semi-final clash happened at the start of the new millennium. Barcelona played Valencia in the semis. Valencia defeated their rivals 4-1 in the first leg and had 5-3 aggregate to excel.

In two years, Real had to battle Barcelona on the same stage. Current Real coach Zinedine Zidane was on target alongside Steve McManaman at Nou Camp. They return ended 1-1 and Madrid prevailed.

In 2003, at the height of the Milanese competition, Andriy Shevchenko’s goal was enough for AC Milan to go past Inter after the first leg ended in a barren draw.

Chelsea and Liverpool met in 2005 and 2007. On both occasions the Reds were the victors.Liverpool won the first time, going on to beat AC Milan in the final, doing the Istanbul miracle. In 2007, the game dragged on and was decided through spot kicks which Liverpool won. The Blues met them the following year but they prevailed this time. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, Chelsea won the return 3-2 to advance to the final.

Man United and Arsenal met in the last four of 2009. United had the advantage from the first leg and goals from Park Ji Sung and Cristiano Ronaldo sealed a 4-1 aggregate.

The most recent domestic semi-final was six year ago when xlr8 SoccerBarca prevailed over Real Madrid courtesy of a Lionel Messi magic. They went on to defeat Man United in the final.



Manchester United legend Ji-Sung Park has opened up on why he always performed anytime he faced Arsenal.

The forward scored five goals against the Gunners during his stay at Old Trafford. Park has pinned the reason to Arsenal’s playing style which he takes advantage of whilst adding that United prepared well for the games.

“I don’t know why I performed well against Arsenal but probably we prepared well and it could be their football style as well. They liked the passing game and then with me, we could take the ball and break down the game.

“That kind of football style could have been suited to me more, so that’s one of the reason I performed well against Arsenal,” the South Korea football star said.

Park was on the scorers’ list in the 8-2 demolition of Arsene Wenger’s men. The player won four Premier League titles with United under Sir Alex Ferguson during his seven year stay in Manchester. He subsequently left the club for Queen Park Rangers in 2012 but he was forced to retiretwo years later due to persistent keen issues.

“It’s quite difficult to explain but I really enjoyed playing against Arsenal and I’m really pleased that we had great results against them during my career,” the player added.

Park was successful at United and he was always chosen for the big games by Ferguson. He attributed this to his superior energy levels during games and due to his impressive fitness.

Numerous established stars have praised his work rate during big matches. After his Man-of-the-Match showing against AC Milan in the Champions League in 2010, Andrea Pirlowas impressed, describing him as the powerhouse of his Asian nation.

On his fitness, Park described it as “one of his [sic] strength, compared to other players.” His high energy during games earned him the tag ‘Three Lungs.’ He went on to be the biggest soccer ever in Korea.


Unai Emery warned his team that Barcelona’s Champions League tie isn’t over

On February 14 of 2017, Paris Saint-Germain hosted Barcelona at the Parc des Princes for their 1st leg Champions League 16 – tie.

This match was one of the most surprising encounters as the French team was able to come out on top with a 4-0 triumph.

Barcelona was performing in full force with the likes of: Messi, Suarez, Neymar and Iniesta as their main attacking force but they failed to score a single goal and now the Spanish club has the task of coming back from a 4 goal deficit which has never been done before.

Paris Saint-Germain was clearly outplaying Barcelona throughout the entire match and it was pretty evident in the scoreboard as the home team scored 2 goals in each half.

Even though no team has ever managed to come back from 4 goals in the 1st leg of a Champions League tie, the head coach of Paris Saint-GermainUnai Emery still thinks that Barcelona has enough talented and capable players to make resurgence as the 45 year old manager of Paris Saint-Germain said:

“The only feeling I have is that the team had huge effort, and it paid off if we consider the great work of Barcelona and also, thanks to the great talent of our players and their ability to respond. We proved something today but I will keep on playing the same respect to Barcelona. The message to the dressing room and to the squad is clear; we still have 90 minutes to go. We know we will suffer in Barcelona, we know it will be a long 90 minutes.”

The 2nd leg of the Champions League tie between Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain will be taking place in a few weeks on March 8 in the home turf of the Spanish club in Camp Nou and Lionel Messi along with the rest of his squad will have to make one of their best performances ever in order for Barcelona to reach the quarter-finals.