Posted November. 29, 2005 07:51,
Park Ji-sung, the new engine of Manchester United, led his team to a victory on Monday.
Park, in the starting lineup for Manchesters match against West Ham United at Londons Upton Park, assisted on a goal by Wayne Rooney that equalized the game two minutes into the second half.
Manchester won the match, 2-1 after Rooneys tying goal and defender John Oshea scored on a game-winning header.
Manchester United has moved into second place in the British Premier League standings with 8 wins, 3 ties, and 2 losses (27 points), more than rival Arsenals 26 points. In first place is Chelsea the wealthy, with 37 points.
Manchester allowed the first goal one minute after game started by letting West Hams Matthew Etherington cut through on the left side and pass the ball to Marlon Harewood, whose lightning shot gave West Ham a 1-0 lead.
Park Ji-sung led Manchesters counterattack. Ten minutes into the game, he sent an intuitive pass to Ruud Van Nistelrooy. At 11 minutes, he headed a pass to Paul Scholes, leading the teams piercing offensive effort.
Two minutes into the second half, Park turned his body around, ditching a defender. He then kicked the ball into the closing gap between two oncoming defenders, passing it straight to Rooney. Rooney took the ball and dodged a defender; then kicked the ball hard into the net.
Manchester rallied after the tying goal. Eleven minutes into the second half, Oshea delivered the game-reversing header after the ball was kicked in from the corner by Rooney.
Park Ji-sung scored his third assist of this season on Mondays game. After his 13th appearance in the British Premier games, Park holds 12th place in the leagues assist ranking. The Internet edition of Britains sports channel Sky Sports chose Park Ji-sungs pass in Mondays game as its Pass of The Week. Sky Sports gave Park 8 points, which is the second highest score next to Rooneys 9.