Chelsea skipper John Terry has instantly turned his attentions to regaining the Barclays Premier League title next season.
Carlo Ancelotti's side aren't mathematically out of the race, but defeat at Old Trafford at the weekend all-but handed the trophy to the Red Devils.
Gracious in defeat, the Blues' skipper admitted he wished Sir Alex Ferguson and his side well following the 2-1 defeat, but that the hurt of the defeat will serve as an inspiration for next season's championship challenge.
"I just wished him well. You have to be graceful in defeat and we have thoroughly enjoyed the times we have won," Terry told Chelsea TV.
"Over the years, he has popped in and said congratulations to us and he and his team are well respected across the world. But it does hurt when you do it, and it drives you on as well. You get a focus for next year and we will be aiming to take it off them."
Whilst the loss on Sunday has served as the final nail in the Chelsea coffin, Terry believes the title wasn't lost at the home of their arch-rivals but in a dreadful run at the end of 2010 which saw the Stamford Bridge side plummet down the form guide.
"I remember Man United topping the form guide when we were probably down the bottom of it somewhere and that coincided with them overtaking us and giving themselves a nice cushion," Terry continued.
"Credit to our management and the lads for digging in, and the fans as well who have been brilliant all season, because two months ago we didn't look in it at all and we were worrying about qualification for the Champions League.
"But we put a good run together and gave ourselves an opportunity coming into Sunday's game so that deserves credit."
Whilst the recent turnaround has rescued things to a certain extent, the skipper admits second would not have been a successful season at the start of the campaign. It could prove to be costly for Ancelotti.
"Two months ago, you could maybe be happy about where we are now but you look back at the start of the season and you wouldn't be happy. We were in control and then we hit a run of bad form and we couldn't really get out of it quick enough. We dropped points home and away and that proved to be vital."
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