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Missing 2008 Champions League final made me more determined - Man Utd's Park

Manchester United attacking midfielder Park Ji-Sung has revealed that missing out on the 2008 Champions League final only made him more determined.

The 29-year old Korea Republic international was not selected in Sir Alex Ferguson's squad for the clash with Chelsea in Moscow which ended up 1-1 at regular time before United won 6-5 on penalties.

Park has admitted that he was disappointed by the non-selection but said it only inspired him to remain at Old Trafford and work harder for success.

"That night was a big disappointment for me," he said. "I didn't want to leave because I felt I could do more to make it at United. That is why I stayed.

"I felt it would eventually happen and I believed we would reach another Champions League final, I just didn't expect it to be the following year."

And Park added that he now feels a lot more comfortable and confident when wearing a Red Devils shirt compared to when he arrived from PSV Eindhoven in 2005.

"I feel better about being at Manchester United, " he added. "When I first came I was a little bit worried that I would not be a success. But that always happens.

"You never know you are going to succeed until you have. What I was going to do at the time was more important. I just tried to do my best and once I started training I totally forgot about my concerns.

"Now I feel quite confident. Mentally I am in a good place. The fans have also been supporting me. It makes me more assured about showing my ability on the pitch."

Andrew Slevison
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