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Park J-Sung names favourite player from Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United dressing room

Published on: 28 September 2022

Ji-sung Park has opened up about his strong friendship with Patrice Evra during his time playing for Manchester United.

Sir Alex Ferguson signed Park from PSV in 2005 and the versatile midfielder would go on to enjoy a trophy-laden seven years at Old Trafford, most notably winning the Premier League four times, the League Cup three times and the Champions League once.

Park became a fan favourite during his time at Old Trafford and he was also a popular member of the club's dressing room. Park overcame a language barrier to succeed at United and he also overcame that barrier to forge friendships with teammates.

Evra was Park's best friend at the club and the South Korean has now reflected on how their relationship developed.

"When I look back, it was quite strange. It was just one day after training and we were playing a video game. I won the first game and he [Evra] was quite angry at that, so he wanted me to play again. That started our relationship," Park told NBC Sports.

"Suddenly one day, we warmed up together before the match, we were always together. In the dining room, on the coach to matches, and travelling on the aeroplane, we always sat together and spent time together, so we got closer.

"He became one of my best friends, the kind of friend that had a different character. He was a more outgoing person, he had that sense of humour. I'm a quiet, very quiet person but we always had happy times when we got together.

"He came over to South Korea sometimes and then we always met at other places. We always joked on the phone, it's really good to have a best friend in a different culture. One of the great things about joining Man United is that I made a best friend.

"Even our teammates asked how did we get close because I couldn't speak English, but we really enjoyed time together."


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