Manchester United have confirmed that Ji-sung Park has returned to the club in an ambassadorial role, and the popular South Korean has been welcomed back to Old Trafford by former teammate, and now captain, Wayne Rooney.
Old Trafford return
It had been revealed by Manchester United earlier this week that they had an ‘exciting’ announcement regarding Park and, as GiveMeSport indicated, the club’s former midfielder has been made a global ambassador.
Park, who will earn £100,000-per-year in this new role, will now attend various events to promote Manchester United’s work within the community alongside its partners and sponsors, and will share anecdotes from his long spell as a Red Devil.
It is a return that has been well received by the club’s supporters and players, with Rooney the most notable to have expressed his pleasure that Park, who departed two years ago, is now back in Manchester.
Rooney posted on his official Facebook page: “Great to see my old friend Ji-sung Park has become a club ambassador at Manchester United. Welcome back, Ji!”
Park established himself as one of Manchester United’s most well liked players during his seven years with the club, with his selflessness and endeavour enabling him to become a firm favourite with supporters.
While he was never able to cement a permanent place in Sir Alex Ferguson’s first choice XI, it was in the club’s important encounters where he was able to excel, with his industry and energy highly valued assets against the strongest opponents.
Park made 205 appearances for he club, scoring 27 times, and won the Premier League four times, clinched three League Cups and featured in the victorious Champions League campaign of the 2007-08 season.
His departure for Queens Park Rangers in the summer of 2012 came when he finally decided to pursue more regular football elsewhere, although the west London club were relegated during his only season at Loftus Road.
Park spent the last campaign on loan with PSV, the club that gave him his chance in European football, but took the decision to retire this summer, despite being aged only 33.
His return to Manchester United as one a select few ambassadors ensures he earns legendary status, with Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law, Bryan Robson, Gary Neville, Andy Cole, Peter Schmeichel and Sir Alex Ferguson the only others to be offered this role.