Park Ji-Sung has vowed to make it a Korean double celebration by helping Manchester United be crowned champions of Europe in Moscow next week. The Korea Republic international was thrilled when compatriot Kim Dong-Jin contributed towards Zenit St. Petersburg's win in the UEFA Cup final on Wednesday.
Kim came on in the closing moments as the Russians defeated Scottish side Rangers 2-0, and now Park wants to taste European glory himself when United face Premier League rivals Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League final on Wednesday.
"I watched Zenit on television and I was very pleased that they won for obvious reasons," Park told AFP. "Hopefully I can make it a South Korean double. That would be very good."
Should he play in the Russian capital next week, Park will be taking part in the biggest club match ever to feature a Korean player. With the 27-year-old winger having fully recovered from the injury problems which ruined the first half of the season for him, he looks set to start in Moscow, as he did in United's 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic last Sunday.
That success sealed the club's tenth Premier League title under manager Sir Alex Ferguson, and the selection of Park reflected the manager's faith in a player who is keeping United legend Ryan Giggs out of the starting line-up. The Wigan match was watched on television by millions in Korea Republic, and the former PSV Eindhoven player expects the eyes of his nation to be on him again even though it will be the early hours of the morning when the final in Moscow starts.
," he said. "I won't be feeling the
pressure if I play. I will go out and enjoy myself like I always
"We are more confident because we won the league and Chelsea lost the league. It'll be late in Korea when we kick off but most of the Korean people will be able to see the game on television."
Park was already a huge celebrity in his homeland before joining United, but his arrival at Old Trafford three years ago saw his fame soar to new levels. "When I go home I always get recognised on the streets," he said.
"Manchester United was really big in Korea before I joined them, but there is even more interest in them now I am there. My parents will be going to Moscow. They have been over to Manchester to see me play and they want to be at the final."