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JI MOVING BACK TO KOREA

South Korean legend Ahn Jung-Hwan has said that he is sure that Manchester United midfielder Park Ji sung will return to South Korea to play in the K-League in the summer. Manchester United midfielder Park Ji sung has been one of the regular big-game players at the club.

He has often been selected in the big games in order to stifle the opposition with his bountiful energy. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson considers him to be one of the key numbers of the squad at Manchester United. His confidence in the South Korean was reflected in the fact that he started in the 3-1 defeat against Barcelona in the Champions League final last summer.

However, a number of injuries at the start of the season has meant that he has lost his place to more younger players. In the last few months, Park Ji sung has not started a Premier league game until the Manchester derby on April 30. However, it clearly showed that Ji sung was not up to the standards after not starting in the Manchester United midfielder regularly. The 31-year-old has been linked with a return to his homeland in order to finish his career. South Korean legend Ahn Jung-Hwan hopes that the time has come for Park Ji sung to finally return to South Korea.

“I’m excited that I’m going to meet fans from my hometown Suwon where I dreamt of becoming a national team member from childhood,” Park said. “I think Ji-sung will help us once he retires. Like me, Ji-Sung received a lot of support from fans, so I think he should also help the K-League,” Ahn said. Park Ji sung’s last match in South Korea was way back in 2003. He is all set to be replaced by Borussia Dortmund’s Japanese player Kagawa.

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INJURIES TAKE THEIR TOLL ON UNITED

Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung has said that it is the responsibility for the club to deal with the huge number of injuries that they have been suffering in the past few months. Manchester United have been undergoing an injury crisis at the moment, with a number of key players like Nemanja Vidic and Rafael Da Silva injured.

As a result, players like Michael Carrick, who are central midfielders, are being deployed by manager Sir Alex Ferguson as stand-in centre backs. As a result of the makeshift defence, Manchester United have been conceding a number of goals of late. However, midfielder Park Ji-sung is of the opinion that the club should deal with the crisis given that they have a very large squad and a very strong one at that as well.

After suffering the exit from the Champions League recently, Manchester United have gone on an excellent run in the domestic campaign. However, the number of injuries that they have been suffering of late is threatening to derail the season. Manchester United also have the worry in the form of Manchester City, who clearly have the best squad in the division. Even with a number of injuries and the players departing to the African cup of nations, Roberto Mancini can put out a very strong side. Hence, Manchester United do need to perform well without the excuse of many injuries.

“I have never known anything like it. Hopefully we will get our defenders back pretty quickly because we are coming up to some very important games. We have to deal with it and get through this period,” said the South Korean. Manchester United will be facing Blackburn and Manchester city in the next few matches, although the match against the leaders will be in the FA Cup.