United ace knows Rangers clash is no walk in the park

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Park Ji-Sung does not need to be British to know Manchester United are in a big game on Wednesday, but at least he knows there is no danger of being thrown overboard if they lose.

United head to Ibrox knowing a point against Rangers will be enough to secure a place in the Champions League knockout phase with a game to spare. Ibrox will be packed to the rafters and the atmosphere intense, but Park does not feel it quite matches the games he plays for South Korea against Japan.

"We have a long history with Japan," he said. "When South Korea play against Japan the fans tell us that if we lose they are going to throw the players into the sea. Without doubt, they are the biggest thing for us."

However, Park is acutely aware of the cross-border tensions which surround English meetings with Scotland.

His own experiences involve Celtic, but he knows he should expect something similarly special.

"The atmosphere in the stadium is totally different," he said. "You cannot compare it to a league game or others in the Champions League.

"It's more aggressive on the pitch and the atmosphere in the stadium is really high. There is a lot more media attention as well.

"Nobody has to say anything, it is just a natural feeling that this is a different game.

"And it doesn't only apply to the British players. It is equally special for the foreign ones as well."

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