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Ferdinand sets sights on Europa League

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Rio Ferdinand insists Manchester United will look to put their Champions League disappointment behind them and try to win the Europa League this season.

United dropped down into European football’s second-tier competition after a shock 2-1 defeat against Basel in Switzerland on Wednesday that signaled just the third time in 17 years that Sir Alex Ferguson has failed to guide his side to the knockout stages.

But Ferdinand insists that his side aren’t feeling embarrassed after missing out to Basel and Benfica in Group C, saying they will do all they can to take home at least some European silverware this season.

“We’re in the Europa League now and I’ve always said that whatever competition we’re in we don’t enter it to come second or to get knocked out in the early stages," Ferdinand told MUTV.

"We’re always in it to win it and this is no different.”

Goals from Marco Streller and Alexander Frei for Basel were enough to dump United out of the competition, with the reigning Barclays Premier League champions’ failure to add to Phil Jones’s late header, leaving them short of the draw they required to qualify.

While the defeat against Basel proved to be the final nail in the coffin it was costly draws against the Swiss outfit and Benfica at Old Trafford earlier in the competition that proved to be central to their downfall, with Ferdinand admitting United had 'not done enough' in the group stages to make it through.

“We have to look back at the games at Old Trafford. We’ve not done enough to win those games," he commented.

"The manager’s always said that if you don’t win your home games you don’t deserve to go through. That’s the case this season."

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