Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson heaped praise on Park Ji-sung after victory over FC Seoul. Park received huge cheers every time his face was shown on the big screens at either end of the stadium and the ovation he was given when he came on was similar to those David Beckham tends to receive.
His reward for four years' hard graft will be a new United contract, which Ferguson feels is fully deserved.
"His performance level in the last few years has been outstanding," said Ferguson.
"His contract is coming to an end so giving him a new one is an appropriate step to ensure he stays with us for the next few years.
"He is a really top player and we want him to remain at Old Trafford.
"He is nowhere near the level of fitness we require just yet but in view of the fact this match was in his home country, I thought it was the right thing to do to give him some of the match."