"It is very difficult to accept defeat in the most important final," he said. "This is my second defeat on such an occasion [he was on the Bayer Leverkusen team that lost to Real Madrid in 2002], and I just hope I will get a third chance and win it.
"Barcelona were the better team in Rome and won. I think the season has been successful for me. Next season we will be favourites in all competitions again: after all, Manchester United is the biggest team in the world."