Posted July. 11, 2005 03:20,
On July 9, Park Ji-sung, who moved to the English Premier Leagues Manchester United club, recorded his first-ever assist in an official practice game. His first assist came just one day after he signed his contract on July 8.
In a practice game against a team from a lower English league held at Manchester Uniteds practice field, Park Ji-sung played with his world-class teammates in the first half of the game.
Van Nistelrooy played as central striker, Cristiano Ronaldo took charge of the left-wing striker position, and Park Ji-sung played as the right-wing striker.
Park, who played tentatively early in the game, performed more actively later, passing a ball to Van Nistelrooy while heading down the right side of the field at the 22-minute point of the first half.
Park didnt avoid physical contact with defensive players and passed the ball to Ronaldo on his way down the right side at the 30-minute point of the first half. Ronaldo scored a goal off the pass, which gave Park his first-ever assist with Manchester United. Then, at the 40-minute point, Park took a left-footed shot on goal after leaving a defense player.
Playing for the first time in 30 days since his last game on June 9, Park said that it was rather hard for him to play in a real game after such a long time.
Park looked somewhat relaxed, saying, I heard that coach Ferguson is strict, but Im not sure. Coach Ferguson made a good impression on me.
Park added, The teams atmosphere was better than I thought. I feel relieved because my teammates gave me a warm welcome. I think the most important thing is how I play on the field.