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Rio aims to avenge Barca defeat

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Rio Ferdinand is hoping Manchester United give a better account of themselves against Barcelona in the Champions League final.

The England international centre back has admitted that he still struggles to come to terms with the defeat against the Spanish giants in the 2009 showpiece, when Sir Alex Ferguson's side were comfortably beaten 2-0 in Rome.

An opportunity to avenge the defeat has come around relatively quickly though, with the Red Devils going head-to-head with Pep Guardiola's side at Wembley after an emphatic semi-final victory over Schalke.

"I have never watched 2009 again, but matches like that are hard to forget. It is clear in your head," the United defender told reporters.

"If you want to sit and think about games like that they come up quite easily. It is like bringing something up on the internet. I have re-run it in my head a few times and we just never played. We weren't Manchester United.

"On the way back we were sitting there thinking 'if only we had gone out and been the real Manchester United, it would have been different'."


 

Ferdinand clearly still regrets the team's performance, but expects the Old Trafford outfit to give an improved performance on the 28th May.

"They always say you don't want to come off the pitch with any regrets. There were regrets that night," he continued.

"This time we will give a better account of ourselves."

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