Heung-min Son says he grew up as a Manchester United supporter

Tottenham star Heung-min Son has revealed he grew up supporting Manchester United. The tricky winger is widely regarded as one of the best players in the Premier League and has now explained why he had a soft spot for the Red Devils.

The 29-year-old grew up in South Korea but made the move to Germany as a teenager before eventually making his way to the Premier League with Tottenham.

Son has now revealed he took inspiration from Manchester United cult-hero Ji-Sung Park, with the former winger described as a ‘national hero’ in South Korea.

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“Manchester United,” he told Pro:Direct Soccer when quizzed on what his favourite team was growing up. “Because obviously, Ji-Sung (Park) was playing there, he’s a national hero. He was the first (South Korean) player to play in the Premier League.

“I was supporting United but obviously I can’t now.”

Ji-Sung Park, who spent seven years at Manchester United between 2005 and 2012, was nicknamed ‘Three-lung Park’ due to his neverending running, an understanding extended to the young fans in South Korea: “In Korea, they also say, like (he has) two hearts or whatever. He’s a national hero for me,” he added.

Son’s admission won’t come as a surprise to many – Manchester United remain one of the most globally recognised brands in the world and not least in Asia, with pre-season tours there still a regular occurrence.

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