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Park signs new contract

September 14, 2009 Tags: Shorts No comments

Park Ji-Sung, United’s South Korean winger, has signed a new three-year contract extension at Old Trafford that will keep him with the club until 2012, according to his agent. Park, who has been in talks with the club for months, will be 31 when the £65,000-per-week contract runs out.

“Park and Manchester United have reached an agreement on a three-year deal,” said Park’s agent Kim Jung-Soo.

“The contract will be effective through June 2012.”

Park had one of his most successful ever seasons in 2008/9, competing in 40 games and scoring 4 goals for the club. Park also became the first ever Asian player to appear in the Champions League final against Barcelona, although his performance was widely regarded as disappointing.

Park, who signed for United from PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 2005, cost the club around £4 million.

Park set to sign new contract

August 26, 2009 Tags: Shorts 1 comment

United’s South Korean winger Park Ji-Sung is set to sign a new four-year £65,000 per week contract, according to reports today. Park, 28, signed for United from PSV Eindhoven in the summer 2005 and is set to be rewarded for his fine form over the past two seasons. Park’s contract expires at the end of June 2010 when he would be free to walk away from Old Trafford for no transfer fee.

However, managing director David Gill is said to have opened talks with Park’s representatives, with a view to securing the future of a player who has become key to Sir Alex Ferguson’s plans.

“It is hard to reveal specific content about the deal, but when we sign with United, we will make an announcement,” said Park’s agent somewhat unrevealingly.

The accused

August 24, 2009 Tags: , , Opinion 9 comments

In the euphoric midst of United’s demolition of Wigan on Saturday, fans could be forgiven for failing to notice the director’s box at the DW stadium. There, sat behind United director Sir Bobby Charlton, were several United players. They say a picture paints a thousand words and the image of Michael Carrick, Ji-Sung Park and Oliveira Anderson in their club suits spoke volumes. The three players, who were once considered vital members of United’s first team squad, looked isolated and anxious. Defendants soon to enter the dock might be an apt analogy for the three, who have caused so much debate amongst United fans. How has it come to this? It’s time to take a closer look at the alleged crimes of those now known as ‘the accused’.

Michael Carrick: accused of being an overpriced and inadequate replacement for Roy Keane, his arrival caused much disquiet amongst the United faithful. However, Carrick formed a formidable partnership with Paul Scholes, leading United to a ninth Premier League title in 2007. Carrick’s supporters will also point to last season’s match against Inter Milan as a true reflection of the player’s quality. But it’s a worry that all of the doubts harboured about Carrick when he first signed for the club remain three years on. Here are the charges:

  • Failure to exert any authority even against mediocre opposition (evidence: Burnley away). Few United fans would expect Carrick to routinely dominate against top teams like Chelsea but after three years there has been no improvement in Carrick’s ability to dictate the flow of games
  • Lack of leadership. Carrick is the last person the team can look to for inspiration
  • Lack of goals. He has never scored more than four Premier League goals. In comparison to his English peers such as Lampard and Gerrard, it’s embarrassing.

Ji-Sung Park: few United fans had heard of the South Korean prior to his move to United from PSV Eindhoven in 2005. There was even the suspicion that the player was bought solely to sell shirts in Asia. Four years on and here are the charges:

  • Offers United nothing but work-rate. Park seems incapable of consistently putting in the excellent performances of the standard seen in the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona the season before last
  • Lack of goals. Three goals over the last two seasons is not good enough.

Oliveira Anderson: during his first season at the club United fans saw the Brazilian as a potential successor to Paul Scholes. Remember the player’s duels with Gerard and Fabregas the season before last? But Anderson’s development has not gone to plan. He’s clearly very talented but after two years the former Porto midfielder has made limited progress. Here are the charges:

  • Lack of goals. There was hope in Munich but it’s fading fast
  • Lack of fitness. How many games has Anderson looked exhausted after an hour?
  • Poor positioning, movement, and decision making.

The accusation: each is guilty as charged. The verdict: United’s judge, jury and executioner Sir Alex Ferguson holds the answer.