Former Manchester United midfielder Ji-sung Park delighted with Old Trafford return

by Tanveer Arayan

Former Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung has insisted it was his “pleasure” to be involved in the ‘Match for Children’ last weekend at Old Trafford.

Park featured for the Rest of the World XI against the Great Britain and Ireland XI in front 75,000 fans on Saturday.

David Beckham’s Great Britain and Ireland side eventually saw off their opponents 3-1 on the day thanks to a goal from Paul Scholes and Michael Owen’s brace.

Park enjoyed the occasion as he stepped out onto the Old Trafford pitch once again.

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“Our baby is due next week so I wasn’t able to come early, but I knew this was a charity match and I was really happy to play. It was a lot of fun,” Park said.

“It means a lot to me to play at a full Old Trafford, which always feels like home. Since I retired, I’ve not had much chance to play football, so it was tough out there!

“And it was good to see many familiar faces who I played with and against – Sir Alex, Scholes, Silvestre, Giggsy… I had a good chat with them all afterwards.

“Many people watched this game live all over the world and it will help to get more support to children who need it. It was my pleasure to be here.”

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Park was a firm fans’ favourite at United during his time at the club. His unselfish attitude and hard working approach won him a number of plaudits and he was a vital part of United’s recent success despite the fact he never stole too many headlines.

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