Park: Fergie could go on forever

Published Nov. 19, 2010 1:16 p.m. ET

Ferguson recently completed 24 years in the Old Trafford hotseat and this week confirmed he had no plans to stand down. Although the Scot celebrates his 69th birthday on New Year's Eve, he retains the drive and enthusiasm he has shown throughout his illustrious managerial career. After spending five years at United, Park is acutely aware of how much Ferguson dominates life there. And the South Korea midfielder feels his boss is so much part of the furniture that he wonders whether Ferguson will ever leave. "He could be manager forever," he laughed. "He is a very enthusiastic man, which shows in the way he manages this team. "The players are determined to show their qualities for him. "Personally, he has been a big help to me. I have been here five years now and he helped me to adapt to this club. "He is a good manager and a good person and no-one ever thought he would be retiring." Park is hoping to play a part in Saturday's Old Trafford clash with Wigan after finding his form over the past month. The 29-year-old was part of a memorable comeback effort at Aston Villa last weekend, when United battled back from two goals down to earn themselves a point, the value of which was not fully understood until the following day, when Chelsea lost to Sunderland. Nevertheless, it was United's seventh draw from 13 Premier League games this term, a run Park recognises has to improve if they are to reclaim the title this season. "Chelsea losing was good for us," he said. "It is very important not to get too far behind. If they had won last week the gap would have been six points, which is quite a lot. "But it is disappointing to draw all these games. "We didn't do that last season and we need to fix it if we want to win the title. "Everyone is talking about how we can do it but there is no point talking about it. The only thing we can do is sort it out on the pitch."