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Park Ji-Sung expects United to chase the treble

SoccerNews in English Premier League 16 Aug 2008


South Korea winger Park Ji-Sung has warned the Premier League that Manchester United are confident of improving on last season's double triumph.

Park, 27, returned from a long spell on the sidelines to play a key role in United's Premier League and Champions League success last season.

Despite being linked strongly with the Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov, United have not made any close-season signings ahead of Sunday's Premier League opener against Newcastle at Old Trafford.

But Park believes that the fact that United manager Sir Alex Ferguson kept Cristiano Ronaldo out of Real Madrid's clutches is ominous for their rivals.

He said: “We missed out on the FA Cup final last season so this time we will try to win every trophy.

“We have the ability so we will try to develop and achieve even better results than we did last season.

“I believe we can do it because even though we have no new signings, we haven't lost any players either, which is the most important thing.”

Ferguson revealed he is pleased with the progress being made by Ronaldo in his return from a foot problem.

“He's doing very well. He's well ahead of schedule and the specialists were surprised with the condition that he's in,” Ferguson said.

“For the next three weeks he'll be on rehabilitation, then endurance work and serious running before he goes into the football side with us.”

Ferguson is predicting an entertaining encounter against Kevin Keegan's side as United start their title defence.

He added: “The new additions don't really matter because we know Kevin's style. Kevin always has a go and that's a great quality the lad's got and I think we'll find that on Sunday.”

Wayne Rooney is set to feature after a virus and Ferguson faces a dilemma over whether to use Wes Brown or Gary Neville at right-back.

Newcastle's new signing Fabricio Coloccini insists he can shackle his close friend Carlos Tevez as he looks forward to a baptism of fire at Old Trafford.

The 10 million pounds (12.6 million euros) defender is desperate to embark on his Premier League career after signing a five-year contract to seal a protracted move from Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna.

Despite not having figured in pre-season, Coloccini has told Keegan he is happy to be thrown in at the deep end.

And he claims his inside knowledge on fellow Argentina international Tevez will prove invaluable as his new club aims to pull off a huge opening weekend shock against Ferguson's European Champions.

He said: “I'm looking forward to the United match, I'm fit and ready to play and hopefully can make a real difference to the team. I can't wait to get started.

“I know Carlos very well and I know the way that he plays. I'm looking forward to trying to put one over on him on Sunday, it's an exciting prospect.

“For me personally I don't consider it a risk playing at Old Trafford because I've got to play my first match somewhere so why not Sunday?”

A calf injury rules out England striker Michael Owen, with Nigeria forward Obafemi Martins a doubt as well.

Jonas Gutierrez, another pre-season arrival, is also in line for his Newcastle debut after the Argentine international finally received clearance on his transfer from Real Mallorca.


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