Park earns team-mates' praise
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney have hailed Park Ji-sung as an unsung hero.
Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney have hailed Park Ji-sung as an unsung hero at Manchester United.
Park tapped in the clincher in the 2-0 win against Arsenal and, although that was his first Premiership goal for the club after his effort against Fulham has been recorded as a Carlos Bocanegra own goal, the 25-year-old has attracted praise from his colleagues.
The former PSV Eindhoven midfielder is also a popular figure amongst United's supporters as his energetic performances have marked him down as a valuable squad player.
Park contributed to a splendid team display against The Gunners on Sunday and was on hand to convert from close range after some terrific approach work from Rooney.
"Ji doesn't get the credit he deserves," commented Rooney afterwards. "He makes a lot of runs.
"He's like a little whippet and just keeps going!"
Captain Neville revealed the South Korean is difficult to play against in training and also praised his fitness levels.
"Not one of his team-mates underestimate his quality," said the England right back.
"In training, he is a nightmare.
"He runs through all the time, a bit like Freddie Ljungberg has done for Arsenal over the years.
"He'll be a snip at the money we paid for him as somebody who can play left or right and work up and down all day."
Neville is concentrating on beating Sunderland on Friday night, live on PremPlus, to keep the title race alive.
"A month ago, the gap between us and Chelsea was 18 points," he stated. "But now we can cut that gap to four points against Sunderland on Friday night.
"That would be an incredible position to be in, whatever happens at the end of the season."