Ferdinand is still coming to terms with the disappointment of losing the title to Manchester City on the final day when Roberto Mancini's team netted twice in injury time against QPR to snatch glory from United's grasp.
"You only want to be a part of something like that when you've won and we haven't," he told manutd.com. "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."