Ji-sung stands down from Korea

The 29-year-old Manchester United midfielder continues to be an

integral part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s plans at the club. He

underlined his importance to the Red Devils once again recently by

scoring the winner against Arsenal. His last two campaigns at

United have been interrupted by injuries – picked up on

international duty – and the move is designed to elongate his club

career. “Ji-Sung said before the South Africa World Cup that the

Asian Cup would be his last,” his father Park Sung-jong told The

Korea Times. “Now, ahead of the Asian Cup, there is no reason for

him to change his mind.” Park made his debut for the national team

at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and has amassed over 90 caps since, but

he now feels it is time to make way for younger players. Most

notably, he feels Bolton’s Lee Chung-yong and Celtic’s Ki-Sung-yong

have the ability to become his country’s key men. “Ji-sung said,

‘When I retire, players like Chung-yong will appear. They don’t

have to think I should still be there,'” his father added. “He also

said Korea could still advance to the last 16 with the young