Fletcher recalls the Korean’s performance in a Champions League tie.
Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has recalled his favourite Park Ji-Sung moment following the Korean’s decision to retire from football.
Park played 203 games for Manchester United, scoring 28 goals, and had a reputation for being one of United’s hard workers.
When asked by the Man United website about Park, Fletcher reflected on a time when the attack-minded midfielder was given the job of marking one of the legends of the game.
He said: “It has to be our games against AC Milan when he man-marked Andrea Pirlo. Not only did he stop Pirlo when Milan had the ball but he also caused them problems going forward.
“People think he just followed him all over but he didn’t. As soon as we had the ball he found himself space and created chances. He even scored himself. But not many people can keep Pirlo quiet – the discipline he showed over those two games was fantastic.”
United ending up winning that last 16 tie in the Champions League which included a 4-0 win over the Italians at Old Trafford, United progressed 7-2 on aggregate.
Fletcher spoke more about Park’s attributes, saying: “He could use his left and his right foot, he received the ball very well, he was strong and was the ultimate team player. He would sacrifice himself for the greater good of the team. The more players you have on your side like Ji-sung Park the more chance you have of being successful.”
Park had a successful spell at Old Trafford. After joining in 2005, he won four Premier League title, three League Cups and the Champions League before moving to Queens Park Rangers in 2012. He had a loan spell at old club PSV Eindhoven in 2013/14, following Rangers’ relegation to the Championship, before hanging up his boots.