Park gives Man United 2-1 win over Wolves
Manchester United overcame a virus ravaging the squad and another injury to Owen Hargreaves to earn a 2-1 win over Wolverhampton after Park Ji-sung scored an injury-time winner.
Park had given United the lead in the 45th and struck again deep into stoppage time after Sylvan Ebanks-Blake had equalized in the 66th.
With several players struggling with flu and a stomach bug, manager Alex Ferguson gave the injury-plagued Hargreaves his first start in two years. However, the midfielder limped off after just five minutes with an apparent hamstring problem.
The win gives United 23 points from 11 games. Leader Chelsea has 25 ahead of its game at Liverpool on Sunday.
''It was a long struggle,'' Alex Ferguson said on his 24th anniversary as United manager. ''Right on half time and right on the final whistle are amazing times to score. But Ji's in great form actually, he's been one of our best players in recent weeks. It was another really good performance from him today.''
United took the lead when Darren Fletcher cut in from the left before splitting the Wolves defense with a throughball that Park converted.
But former United trainee Ebanks-Blake was in the right place to intercept Nenad Milijas' shot in 66th, turn sharply to round Nemanja Vidic and drive a shot through the legs of goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.
Park, though, restored United's lead in the third minute of stoppage time after cutting inside the penalty area from the right wing two minutes into injury-time and driving his shot past American goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann at the near post.
Ferguson said several players were feeling ill after a midweek Champions League trip to Turkey.
''Some players played with touches of flu and others with diarrhea, so we've done really well to get a result,'' Ferguson said.