18 Dec 2010

Man United star to retire from South Korean side after Asian Cup

11:35 am on 18 December 2010

The Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung will retire from South Korea's national team after next month's Asian Cup in Qatar.

Park will join up with his compatriots after United's Premier League game against Sunderland on Boxing Day and the 29-year-old could miss six Premier League games and an FA Cup tie while he is away.

United manager Alex Ferguson, who signed Park from PSV Eindhoven in 2005, said after he scored the only goal in United's 1-nil win over Arsenal on Tuesday that he would be missed while in Qatar.

Park captained South Korea at this year's World Cup finals in South Africa, helping them reach the last 16.

In 2009 he became the first Asian to play in the Champions League final but ended on the losing side when Barcelona beat United 2-0 in Rome.