"You do not deserve to be here if you haven't got that winning mindset," said Ferdinand. "We are in a decent run of form and hopefully we can take that into Europe.
"Not many players have the opportunity to play in a Champions League final never mind win it.
"The club have brought in some very good players and added to the squad.
"Hopefully we will be in with a shout but we will respect our opponents tomorrow.
To get to this stage you have to be a good team."
United went out to eventual winners AC Milan last season and that still hurts, according to Ferdinand.
He said: "We had a great opportunity to be part of the final at least but that did not happen.
"We want to change that. We feel we have the talent, the numbers and the desire to do well in this competition.
"But there is still a lot of football to be played before we can win this trophy. We know that."