Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that leaving Ji-sung Park out of the Champions League finals against Chelsea is the one thing he still regrets to this day.
When you’ve had a career like Sir Alex Ferguson that includes 13 Premier League titles and 2 Champions League trophies, there aren’t many things in life that you regret.
However, when Manchester United reached the Champions League final in 2008 at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Sir Alex was faced with a selection headache.
Such was the strength of that Red Devils side that Ji-sung Park, who started both the legs of the semi-final against Barcelona, had to sit out of the game completely against Chelsea.
Of course, we went on the win the final like we often did under the Gaffer, but Mr. Ferguson still regrets that decision:
‘To win the European Cup is fantastic,’ Ferguson told MUTV.
‘It was a really great bunch of players with a great attitude about them and a good, strong squad.
‘My problem in the 2008 final, maybe I even regret it to this day, was I left Ji-sung Park out completely in the final.
‘He’d played such a great role and that’s the problem when you get to these finals.
‘At Wembley [in 2011] I did it to Dimitar Berbatov and he took it badly. He didn’t deserve it. No player deserves to be left out of the final.
‘That’s why we try hard at these European seminars with the coaches to try to get 11 subs in the final.
‘You’ve got four or five sitting in the stand who made fantastic contributions in getting there.’
Meanwhile, Ji-sung Park made 205 appearances for the Red Devils, where he notched up 27 goals, and won four Premier League titles, one Champions League and three League Cups. Not a bad career by any means, eh?
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