Ahead of their opening Champions League group match, defender Rio Ferdinand has said that Manchester United will not be setting out to avenge last season’s controversial second round defeat to Real Madrid, according to the club’s official
Nani was dubiously sent off by Turkish referee Cenuyt Cakir, as Real Madrid won at Old Trafford in March to complete a 3-2 aggregate victory, ending Sir Alex Ferguson’s hopes of winning the Champions League in his final season in charge. But, according to Ferdinand, that will not be on the players’ minds when they face Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday.
He said: “I don’t think we need the extra drive or motivation. 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.”
Along with Sami Hyypia’s Leverkusen, David Moyes will face Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk, and Spaniards Real Soceidad – making their first appearance in the competition since 2004 – in his first season managing in the Champions League proper.
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