While disappointed to miss out on silverware, Rio Ferdinand was quick to grasp the real boon of United's keenly contested draw with Bayern Munich - a thorough workout.
The German giants edged a penalty shootout to take the spoils after a hard-fought game, and Ferdinand welcomed the strenuous test posed by Louis van Gaal's side.
"It's disappointing not to win the game, but the most important thing tonight was to get a good runout for a lot of the lads," Rio told MUTV.
"I was pleased to get to 60-70 odd minutes in each game, to top up my fitness and get to a level where we're all happy. In that sense it's good, but obviously we're all disappointed not to have won the cup in the end."
Bayern asked questions of United, particularly during the first half in the Allianz Arena, and Ferdinand welcomed the sizeable step up in opposition after the relative comfort of the Asia Tour.
"The games in Asia, other than the game in Korea, were fairly straightforward for us," he said. "They were really good for us to get our foot on the ball and start playing and get used to being a team again.
"The games in Asia, other than the game in Korea, were fairly straightforward for us. They were really good for us to get our foot on the ball and start playing and get used to being a team again. Obviously the standard's gone up again, against Boca Juniors and again tonight against Bayern Munich. It wasn't a happy ending, but physically it's good for us."
- Rio Ferdinand