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22 Mar 2010 08:57:09

Park takes a bow

Match winner Ji-sung Park's bravery and versatility was hailed by Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson. The Korean is Fergie's tactical ace up his sleeve and now he has added a goal threat to his weaponry. Strikes for the £4m midfielder against Arsenal, AC Milan and now Liverpool have been a bonus for the Reds boss. "Today we found another role for him that was slightly different. But he is so important for us. He is such a brave little lad that his courage got him his goal today," said Fergie. Fergie also had praise for United's never-say-die spirit that enabled them to overcome the shock of Liverpool's fifth minute lead. "It is always difficult to lose a goal and come back and win. It is a great quality to have. That quality won us the game again today," he added. "I was disappointed with the early goal. He (Torres) was unmarked. We did not defend it well. But we recovered from it. That was the important thing. "A game like that is always going to be feisty. Both teams have their pride and history. I didn't think it got to a serious point at any stage. "A draw would have flattered Liverpool but I don't think they would have bothered about that. A point would have been helped them get near the top four and might have been enough to stop us winning the league." Penalty Ferguson praised referee Howard Webb for awarding the penalty that helped bring United's 10th minute equaliser but took a swipe at the official for not sending off Javier Mascherano for the foul on Antonio Valencia. "I thought it was a red card. There was no way Carragher could get across and stop Valencia from shooting. He is too quick for Carragher to get across," he said. "You have seen it time and time again. The law is if you stop someone from having a goalscoring opportunity it is a red card. Not today. "But the referee was right to award the kick. He tugged him. He was right through on goal. He didn't bring him down outside the box. He didn't go down until he was inside the box. The decision was correct." Sure shot Wayne Rooney, however, missed the spot-kick before following up to score his 33rd of the season. "Wayne said he changed his mind. You should never do that. He was going to go the other way. He got the rebound and it was still a goal," said Ferguson. The title race remains as tight as ever though Chelsea were held to a surprise 1-1 draw at Blackburn.. "No-one is going away. We are all knocking on doors," added Sir Alex. Darren Fletcher scooped the TV man-of-the-match awards and the United boss pointed out the importance of the Scot, saying: "He covers every inch of the ground." Is Park now a first-choice United player? Have your say.


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