Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand admits their Champions League final defeat has taken the gloss off their summer.

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."

 It's kicking off again! Click here for your No1 source for Manchester United transfer market news and gossip.