Just as in 2009, the crushing of United's European dream came after a title had been lifted.
Two years ago, Ferdinand spent the summer moping. This time round he took a different view of the world.
"It was a weird summer," he said.
"We won a 19th league title, which was obviously fantastic but we lost the Champions League final. When you dust yourself down and analyse everything, it was a successful season.
"If someone had said at the beginning we would reach the Champions League final and win the league, we would have accepted it and I am sure the media would have thought we had done quite well. That is how you have to look at it.
"The time before in Rome, I spent my whole summer moping around even though we had won the league.
"I just think you have to savour moments like that. The 19th title was a big event. We should enjoy it."