Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has heaped praise on club teammate and close friend Ji-Sung Park, for the number of industrious performances turned in for the Barclays Premier League champions this season.

The 30-year-old South Korean international has been a key figure for Sir Alex Ferguson's side, with his energetic displays attributed to a number of United’s big-game scalps this campaign.

Park put in another good shift in the title-deciding fixture against Chelsea on 8 May, and the gut-busting midfield star has been pinpointed as a potential match-winner for Manchester United when they face Barcelona in the Champions League final at Wembley on 28 May.

"Ji's unbelievable," said Evra in an interview with MUTV. "I was just laughing when I was watching the game (against Chelsea) when he was running, because it was unbelievable.

"It must be the Korean food. I try to do the same, sometimes I go to his house and eat the same food.


 

"But I think Ji is an example to every player. He runs for everyone. Sometimes if I'm tired I know I'll be okay because Ji will run for me."

Park's remarkable level of fitness is something for the rest of United's squad to aspire to, as Evra says he has raised the bar in terms of his commitment and diligent displays on the pitch.

"I think he's one of the most important players in the team because he doesn't stop running, he can run all day," he continued.

It's funny because when we reached the final, some fan said, 'Yeah, we're going to win against Barcelona because Ji is going to run all day with Messi.'

"I made some joke with Ji in the dressing room afterwards, saying 'People now think you're a defender'."

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