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Tottenham star Son Heung-min reveals he supported Manchester United as a kid


The forward has a soft spot for the Red Devils due to Ji-sung Park (Picture: Pro:Direct)

Tottenham star Son Heung-min has revealed that he was a big Manchester United supporter when he was growing up, though has had to shelve his allegiances since joining Spurs.

The South Korean attacker – who is currently sidelined with a calf injury – has established himself as one of the best players in the Premier League since swapping Bayer Leverkusen for north London in 2015.

He has hit double figures for both goals and assists in each of the last two seasons and committed his long-term future to Tottenham by signing a new four-year deal over the summer.

Son has netted against Watford and Manchester City this season (Picture: Getty)

While Son is only focused on performing well for Spurs and trying to end their wait for silverware, he has now revealed he supported United as a kid largely because of compatriot Ji-sung Park, who spent seven years with the Red Devils.

Asked who his favourite team was when he was younger, Son told Pro:Direct Soccer: ‘Manchester United because obviously Ji-sung was playing.

‘He’s a national hero. In Korea also they would say he has two hearts. He’s a national hero for me. He’s a good friend of mine.

‘He offered to the players from South Korea [the way to play], he gave us hope and the opportunity. It’s not easy, you know, he was the first one that played in the Premier League.

‘So I was supporting United, but I can’t now!’

Park won four Premier League titles and the Champions League during his time with United, while Son is yet to claim any silverware with Spurs despite scoring four times as many league goals as his compatriot.

Son scored twice in Spurs’ 6-1 win at Old Trafford last season (Picture: Getty)
Park presented Son with his Asian Player of the Year trophy in 2019 (Picture: Getty)

Son – who has netted in two of his three Premier League appearances this season – has been out of action for Spurs since the international break due to a calf strain picked up while playing for South Korea.

He missed the weekend defeat to Crystal Palace as well as Thursday’s trip to France to take on Rennes in the Europa Conference League, though Spurs are hopeful he could be involved against Chelsea on Sunday.


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