Friday, May 27, 2011

Park hoping for third time lucky

Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung will be looking to make it third time lucky on Saturday in the Champions League final against Barcelona, after two previous disappointments at the biggest game in club football.

The South Korean international failed to make Sir Alex Ferguson's 18-man squad for the final in Moscow back in 2008, when United went on to beat Chelsea in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.

Park was then involved in the Champions League final defeat to Barca just 12 months later, as the Red Devils went down 2-0 to the Catalan giants in Rome. Those looking at the Champions League best odds will know United are in for another tough game.

Two years have passed since that defeat in the Eternal City and now United face Barcelona once again, this time at Wembley Stadium.

Park is determined to help United win the prestigious trophy on Saturday and is looking to put some closure on his own personal disappointments over the past few years. Those who have placed a Champions League bet on United will be hoping he can do this.

He said: "Missing out on one final and losing another makes me more eager to play and win this game - against which team it doesn't matter.

"If I play and we win the game it will be fantastic for me. It is my dream but I have to play 100% for my dreams to come true.

"Obviously Barcelona are one of the best clubs in the world so if we beat them we will create the perfect final - for me as well."

Park has been a key big game player for United this season, scoring a decisive goal in the 2-1 quarter-final victory over Premier League rivals Chelsea.

1 comment:

  1. Normally I root against ManU, but Barca lost me with all their dives, whining, and gamesmanship against Real. Still, can't wait for the game though!