Gary Neville reveals Ji-Sung Park heir at United
- The ex-Red Devil has claimed Jesse Lingard reminds him of the legendary Korean because of his work rate and insensible ability to make the team play better as a unit
Speaking to ESPN‘s Andy Mitten in Moscow, Neville said: "Jesse Lingard makes that many runs during a game that he would be a dream for his teammates to play with — like if you’re Harry Kane and you have Lingard running past you all the time.
"I always remember Ji-Sung Park at United. Everyone, including me, talks about [Wayne] Rooney, [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Carlos] Tevez, but the missing cog was Ji-Sung Park — or Owen Hargreaves in 2007-08. Without those type of players, you can’t have balance. That’s what Jesse brings.
"He’s a fantastic player in terms of how he contributes to a team’s dynamic. He’s done really well in his World Cup. Gareth and Jose Mourinho deserve so much credit for the faith they’ve shown in Jesse.
"At United, there are more fashionable players like [Juan] Mata, [Anthony] Martial, Alexis Sanchez, [Marcus] Rashford, [Paul] Pogba or [Romelu] Lukaku. Yet Jesse is the one who makes the team play better."