'Appreciated and respected' - Rio has high praise for cult United hero

Rio Ferdinand has been speaking about Park Ji-Sung today after he was named a club ambassador for Manchester United.

Today has seen Manchester United appoint former midfielder Park Ji-Sung as a club ambassador. The South Korean will be presented to fans on the Old Trafford pitch before Sunday's game with Everton - to be presented with an honorary role by legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Park joined United in 2005 from PSV Eindhoven in a deal believed to be worth £4 million.

During his time at the club he gained a reputation for his tireless work and for being one of Sir Alex's go to guys in the big matches.

For that reason he remains a fan favourite with the club - and with the sale of Shinji Kagawa the club have needed a way back into the Asian market - this may very well be that entrance point.

Park left United after seven years in 2012 - joining QPR.

But injuries got the better of his time in West London and after a return to PSV he retired in May this year, because of persistent knee injuries.

One person who seemed happy with the news was Rio Ferdinand. The former England international, who himself swapped United for QPR this summer - was asked about Park on Twitter.

His answer was glowing in praise for the 33-year-old:

Manchester United fans will just hope the presence of Park at Sunday's game will inspire the United players to put in a shift he would have been proud of in order to down the Toffees.

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