Ryan Giggs has told his devastated Manchester United team-mates not to forget it has been a season to remember.
Instead of a victory parade around Manchester, United flew home to the inevitable inquest about what went wrong in Rome on Wednesday night after their 2-0 Champions League defeat to Barcelona.
"Great teams bounce back after big disappointments," he said. "It has been a fantastic season and we must not forget that. We have achieved so much."
Giggs added: "All we have done is fall just short at the final hurdle in the Champions League.
"We are still a great team and we have great players in that dressing room.
"Next year we will come back stronger and look forward to the challenge."
And the challenge is not an insignificant one.
Whereas this season history beckoned in Europe with the ultimately doomed attempt to become the first team to retain the Champions League since its inception in 1992, next year it will be at home.
Having drawn level with Liverpool on 18 league titles this term, Giggs knows one more - which would be his 12th personally - would not only allow the Old Trafford outfit to overtake their north-west rivals, it would also see them become the first side in English football to win the championship four years in a row.
"To win three Premier League titles on the trot is an unbelievable thing to do," said Giggs. "Now we must look to make it four."
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