Park Ji-sung expects Manchester United to still be top of the Premier League table upon his return from international duty.
The midfielder is due to face Sunderland on Boxing Day before linking up with the South Korean squad for next month's Asian Cup in Qatar.
The 29-year-old's deft header against Arsenal last week ultimately ensured United topped the standings ahead of the busy Christmas period.
And Park, who will be away from United for a month, fully expects to return to Old Trafford to see his team still leading the chase for the 2010/11 title.
"I totally believe we will still be No.1 when I come back," said Park. "I have no doubts we will be in the same position as we are at the moment.
"Playing for the national team is an honour but I am going to miss several games, so it is quite disappointing.
"But Manchester United have a big enough squad to be very strong and they will do well without me."
He added: "I will keep an eye on United's schedule and results and will focus on the team when I am away.
"A lot of the South Korean players are very interested in the Premier League. They ask questions about what life there is like, so I try to give them answers."
After balancing commitments for clubs in Europe and internationally back home for almost eight years, Park is giving serious thought to announcing his international retirement.
No official decision has been made yet, however, all the indications are Park will stand down once his work in Qatar is done.
He said: "For now I can't say anything. Maybe after the Asia Cup I will."
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