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Footage Of Park Ji-Sung Marking Lionel Messi 'Proves It Wouldn't Make A Difference' After Sir Alex Ferguson's Claim

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Footage Of Park Ji-Sung Marking Lionel Messi 'Proves It Wouldn't Make A Difference' After Sir Alex Ferguson's Claim

Manchester United hero Park Ji-sung might not have been able to man-mark Barcelona captain Lionel Messi in the way that Sir Alex Ferguson recently claimed.

Ferguson tasted defeat to Pep Guardiola's remarkable Barcelona team for the second time in a Champions League final in 2011.

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United were dominated in their showdown at Wembley as Pedro, Lionel Messi and David Villa all scored in Barcelona's 3-1 Champions League triumph.

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The legendary former United boss explained: "That's where I lost the final against Barcelona at Wembley.

"I should have changed at half-time and put Ji-sung Park on Messi. That was a mistake... I was going to do it at half-time, then I said, 'Well, we just equalised before half-time, they may see the game differently, we may grow into the game better.'

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"We were actually quite good in the last 10 minutes of that half. We came into it and we could have been in front.

"But if I'd played Ji-sung Park against Messi, I think we'd have beat them. I really do."

The former South Korea international started the 2011 Champions League final and was deployed out on the left by Ferguson.

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However, even Ferguson's hindsight regret to use Park to man-mark Messi like he did Pirlo might not have been as effective as he suggested.

One fan uploaded to YouTube a video of Park 'following' the 33-year-old Argentine superstar during the clash at Wembley.

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Despite the former United star showing his warrior mentality, the footage shows him struggling to read Messi's movements at times and contain him from finding his Barcelona teammates.

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"Park forgot that it's Messi and not Pirlo," one fan said.

Someone else wrote: "He tried, he really tried."

When one fan pointed to Ferguson's recent claim, another YouTube commenter hit back: "Looking at this shot video, I believe it wouldn't have made a difference. Pirlo was a distributor, Messi has passing range as well as dribbling. Not to mention Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta and [Sergio Busquets] in midfield to help him out."

And a fourth finally added: "[Did] you even see that goal from Messi? Park just couldn't follow Messi, he was just torn apart."

Featured Image Credit: LADbible TV/YouTube

Topics: Football, Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, Barcelona, Lionel Messi, UEFA, Premier League, England, Champions League, Spain, La Liga

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