Park holds final dream
Midfielder keen to make up for past Champions League disappointments
Last Updated: May 26, 2011 2:54pm
Park Ji-sung is determined to help Manchester United beat Barcelona on Saturday to make up for his past UEFA Champions League disappointments.
The South Korean was not part of the 18-man squad which beat Chelsea on penalties in the 2008 final, but was involved when United were soundly beaten 2-0 by Barcelona 12 months later.
The midfielder remains an integral part of United's team, particularly in big games, and he is expected to start when the Red Devils meet Barca again at Wembley.
He is confident United have changed since the Rome showpiece of two years ago and he is anxious to claim his first Champions League winners' medal.
"Missing out on one final and losing another makes me more eager to play and win this game - against which team it doesn't matter," said Park.
"If I play and we win the game it will be fantastic for me. It is my dream but I have to play 100% for my dreams to come true.
"Obviously Barcelona are one of the best clubs in the world so if we beat them we will create the perfect final - for me as well.
"It is a great game against one of the best teams in the world and it is in England.
"They have changed a couple of players from 2009 but their style has not changed. We have changed as well. I don't know what way we will play but we have to show a difference from 2009."
"If I play and we win the game it will be fantastic for me. It is my dream but I have to play 100% for my dreams to come true."
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Park's high-energy style will no doubt be required if United are to combat the possession game employed by Pep Guardiola's side.
He is unsure what his role will be at the weekend, but Park stressed that it would be the performance of United's midfield unit which would probably determine how successful they are against the Primera Liga champions.
"I don't know which role I will have in the final but I have to do it 100% and play only for winning the game," he said.
"We have great midfielders as well: Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Anderson - they have great ability to stop them.
"If we play as a team like we showed against Chelsea (in their victorious title showdown at Old Trafford earlier this month) or in other big games we can match up against them.
"Javier Hernandez, Anderson and Nani have had great seasons and it is all about our squad being stronger (than it was at the start of the season) and that will help us in the final."