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Ferdinand Insists United Will Bounce Back

Posted by Keano! on May 28, 2009

Rio Ferdinand has wasted no time in telling the media of United’s success already this season and that the team and club will bounce back stronger then ever after their 2-0 defeat to Barcelona in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.

Ferdinand who admitted he should have done better for Barcelona’s insurance second goal has jumped to the defence of the team who has an impressive haul after a great season. Premier League – winners, League Cup – Winners, World Club Cup – Winners, Charity Shield – Winners, Champions League – Runners up – FA Cup – Beaten finalists.

I don’t know if I speak on behalf of all United fans here, but if I was told last August, when Cristiano Ronaldo was looking set to leave, no new signings had been made and Chelsea had appointed a World Cup winning manager, that we would end up with the titles above, I would have snatched your hand off in an instant. Hindsight, a wonderful thing…

Ferdinand, before United boarded their luxury bus driven all the way from Manchester – with no Carlos Tevez – commented,


"If we had won it would have been an unbelievable end to the season but we knew if we lost we would be finishing on a low no matter what we had achieved before.”

"We were not silly enough to think the garden will always be rosy. We are grown men. We can handle it. We just have to brush ourselves down and come back stronger,” explained Ferdinand

"The belief is still there. We have come a long way in these last few years,” he continued

"You do not lose all that by getting beaten in one match. We need strength of character now but we have it in abundance."

Positive words form a man who is one of the leaders of the team. The best thing about this defeat is that it will serve players like Rooney, Anderson, Ronaldo, Park and the younger team members invaluable experience of loosing a Champions League final.

Next time we make it to a final, the pre-match talk in the dressing room is already there, and I’d imagine it would be along the lines of,

“You experienced the hurt last time, you let yourselves down and missed out on the glory. Don’t let yourself do that again because you are better then that”

Or maybe not…


What do you think of Rio’s comments and how United move on from the defeat?

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