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Ferdinand: Real Madrid defeat no extra motivation for Man Utd

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand insists last season's Champions League defeat to Real Madrid is no factor this term.

United kickoff their European campaign tonight against Bayer Leverkusen.

"I don't think we need the extra drive or motivation," Ferdinand explained at the pre-match press conference. "We were all disappointed with what happened last season and how we went out. But we won't harp on about it. We continue and start again afresh this season. New group, new season, new games. Last season is out of our minds and not something we need to use as motivation.

The Germans did well last year, the Spanish sides before that. It goes in cycles and hopefully we can start the cycle this season."

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