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Alex Ferguson to introduce Ji-sung Park at Old Trafford

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Alex Ferguson is set to return to the Old Trafford pitch for the first time since retiring to announce to arrival of Park Ji-sung as a Manchester United ambassador, reports The Mirror.

The managerial legend left his the hot seat at the Theatre of Dreams in 2013 having enjoyed almost 28 years of consistent success. Since then he has been seen in the stands countless times, but never on the pitch.

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Emotional return

Ferguson has accepted an invitation to present Park to the crowd as the club's latest ambassador. It will be the first time Ferguson would have set foot on the famous turf since his emotional farewell speech in May 2013.

Since then, Ferguson has had his legacy somewhat dampened by the failure of his chosen successor David Moyes. Some fans criticised him for choosing a friend over a suitable replacement but he is sure to get a great reception regardless.

Park return

It will also be an emotional return for Park, who remains a universally popular figure amongst the Manchester United faithful. He joins the likes of Andy Cole and Bryan Robson becoming an ambassador for the club.

Park made over 100 appearances in the Premier League for Manchester United in a seven year association, scoring 19 goals. However, it was his work ethic rather than his goal scoring that endeared him to Manchester United fans.

'Honoured'

"I have fond memories of my time at Manchester United and I'm delighted and honoured to have become an ambassador for the club," he is quoted in the same report as saying.

"Some of the best moments of my life and career were spent here and I will never forget the great support I had from the club and the fans.

"I am looking forward to once again representing United and sharing some of these memories with our global fanbase."

Statistics

Ferguson's statistics speak for themselves; the fact that he has a stand named after him as well as a statue outside Old Trafford is testament to his achievements.

He won 13 Premier League titles during his career as well as two Champions League trophies. Having seen Manchester United fall outside the top four for the first time in Premier League history, Ferguson's influence cannot be overstated.

For Park, the statistics are less glamorous but you would be lucky to find a Manchester United fan say a bad word about the South Korean international.

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