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We're missing Park spark, admits Fergie

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits his squad are missing the energy that injured Korean star Park Ji-Sung can bring to the Red Devils midfield.

india Updated: Oct 19, 2006 21:56 IST

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted his squad are missing the energy that injured Korean star Park Ji-Sung can bring to the Red Devils midfield.

Park is currently sidelined with ankle ligament damage he suffered playing against Tottenham last month and is not expected to return before December.

"Park Ji-Sung is probably one of the most under-rated players I have ever had at this club," said Ferguson.

"The players love him, even all the staff say 'you can't leave Park Ji-sung out of your team'. He has become a very important player."

The impact of Park's absence has been compounded by United's failure to reinforce in midfield as extensively as Ferguson had hoped to do during the close season.

The Scot made huge efforts to land England midfielder Owen Hargreaves but Bayern Munich refused to release the 25-year-old, who has since suffered a broken leg.

"If we had got Owen Hargreaves it would have given us a complete variation of the type of midfield players you need in the modern game," Ferguson told www.leaguemanagers.com

"We focused on Michael Carrick and Owen right away. We got one and didn't get the other.

"We are disappointed we didn't get Owen but we have people like Darren Fletcher and John O'Shea developing. Paul Scholes has also returned, Ryan Giggs is showing his maturity and experience, which is helping everyone and you also have a younger player like Kieran Richardson."

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