Man United’s Ferdinand on dramatic final day: It’s only fun if you win
Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand admits losing the Premier League title on the final day of the season was difficult to accept
Rio Ferdinand admits that being on the wrong end of a dramatic Premier League climax was difficult to accept after Manchester United were denied a 20th top-flight crown by Manchester City’s late comeback over a fortnight ago.
Sergio Aguero scored in the third minute of stoppage time to help Roberto Mancini’s side complete a 3-2 victory over QPR, and in doing so, end City’s 44-year wait to win England’s top prize again.
Ferdinand, who experienced the joy of a final day title success in 2008 when United beat Wigan Athletic to deny Chelsea, believes the Red Devils were unfortunate to end the season without silverware after amassing 89 points.
“You only want to be a part of something like that when you’ve won and we haven’t,” Ferdinand told United’s website.
“Coming second is no consolation and there’s no prize for coming second.
“In another season, that tally of points would have won the league. City spent a lot of money but you have to give them credit.
“Anyone who wins the league in this country are worthy champions because it’s a tough league to win.
“We’ve had a lot of problems with our squad in terms of injuries. No excuses at all but to deal with the amount of injuries and disruption we’ve had in our squad this season, to get to where we did, is testament to the depth of squad we’ve got.”
Ferdinand was the mainstay in Sir Alex Ferguson’s defence after Nemanja Vidić suffered a season-ending knee injury in December.
The 33-year-old, who has been left out of Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2012, managed 30 league appearances last term – the most he has made in a single season since United won the Premier League and Champions League in 2008.
“I feel good. I’m just pleased to have played a number of games back to back,” the defender added.
“For the last couple of years, that’s all I’ve been praying for. To have a few games on the bounce and I’ll be able to find my way back to playing well and playing consistently.
“This season I thought I’d done that.”