Ji-sung Park was back at Manchester United last weekend having accepted a position as one of the club’s global ambassadors, and his return to Old Trafford was marked by a welcome speech from Sir Alex Ferguson.
It is a notable achievement for Park and he joins a list of esteemed Manchester United legends that includes Ferguson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law, Bryan Robson, Gary Neville, Andy Cole and Peter Schmeichel.
But Park’s homecoming was somewhat spoiled by an inadvertent slip of the tongue from his former Manchester United manager. As Ferguson attempted to eulogise about Park, he seemed to insult the South Korean with an expletive.
A video uploaded to Instagram (thanks to 101greatgoals for the spot) shows Ferguson addressing Park on the Old Trafford pitch in front of supporters, but a slip of the tongue results an embarrassing, and accidental, public denigration of the popular former midfielder.
It is not clear what Ferguson was actually trying to say to Park, but he got things horribly wrong for a split second before recovering his composure to wish the 33-year-old the best of luck in his new role with the club.
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Park left in the summer of 2012 having finally conceded he would need to move elsewhere in order to play more regularly, and was appointed as the captain of Queens Park Rangers after accepting a two-year deal at Loftus Road.
He was unable to prevent the west London club from dropping out of the Premier League, and went on to complete a loan switch to PSV, his first European team, for what transpired to be the final season of his playing career.
But Manchester United has always felt like home for Park after seven successful seasons, during which he won four league titles, and he is thankful to be associated with the Reds once again after two years away.
"I’m very happy to be back," Park told Manchester United’s official website after the confirmation of his return.
“I got very used to Manchester - its atmosphere, its weather - when I played here so it's very familiar to me. I felt very comfortable when I got off the train today."