Manchester United: What Alex Ferguson Is Missing
Manchester United have been underperforming, to say the least.
Alex Ferguson's side aren't scoring nearly as often as they did last season. The exception came in United's last game against Wigan, in which they cruised to a 4-0 win.
But that doesn't ease my worries.
At first, I instinctively blamed the lackluster performances on newcomer Carlos Tevez. Perhaps, I figured, his passiveness up front was to blame for the offensive languor.
I also considered pointing the finger at Owen Hargreaves, whose $35 million transfer fee made him the most expensive pickup in the league this summer.
I still don't understand why Ferguson saw fit to spend such an enormous sum on such a mediocre player. Okay, maybe mediocre is too harsh a word—but frankly, Hargreaves is nothing special, nothing "amazing."
That said, he's not bringing the team down—and you can't blame him for the monotonous play. So the answer must be somewhere else.
Then I remembered Park.
I came across a video of Park Ji-Sung's highlights from the '05-'06 and '06-'07 seasons—and remembered what Manchester United had been like.
Park's passes, goals, and incomparable work ethic made all the difference for a never-say-die United team—who knows, maybe without him, they would've lost the season to defending champions Chelsea.
Park has been unfit to play since he injured his knee last season, but rumor has it that he'll be back early in the new year. If this is true, it could be a huge boon for the club.
In the meantime, my hope is that the likes of Ronaldo, Rooney, Giggs, and Scholes (and maybe even Tevez and Hargreaves) can keep Manchester United afloat in the title race.
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