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Ferdinand insists Man Utd can handle Champions League setback

Rio Ferdinand insists Manchester United aren't about to collapse after the way they were outplayed by Barcelona in this week's Champions League final.

"If we had won it would have been an unbelievable end to the season but we knew if we lost we would be finishing on a low no matter what we had achieved before," he said.

"We were not silly enough to think the garden will always be rosy.

"We are grown men. We can handle it. We just have to brush ourselves down and come back stronger."

The England defender added: "The belief is still there.

"We have come a long way in these last few years.

"You do not lose all that by getting beaten in one match.

"We need strength of character now but we have it in abundance."

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