FOOTBALL NEWS

27/05/2009 23:28, Report by Adam Bostock

Ryan: Still a fantastic season

Ryan Giggs is looking on the bright side of United's epic campaign, despite the major disappointment of losing a European Cup final for the first time.

The 0-2 loss to Barcelona was the 66th result of a season in which the Reds have won four trophies - Barclays Premier League, Club World Cup, Carling Cup and Community Shield - and almost won three others - the Super Cup, FA Cup and Champions League.

"It’s been a fantastic season when you consider what we’ve achieved this year – including our third league title on the trot," Ryan told MUTV.

"We just fell at the final hurdle. No team has defended the Champions League, it's a very difficult trophy to win. We deserved to get to the final but we didn’t deserve to win.

"Barcelona did deserve to win. They are a good team and if they go one-nil up, they’re the best in the business at keeping the ball. They can make teams look ordinary.

"We didn’t really recover after conceding the first goal. In the second half we improved a bit but it just wasn’t to be."

Giggs and co will now strive to reclaim the trophy next term, when the final's in Madrid.

"That’s what we’ll be aiming for," said Ryan. "Big teams have disappointments but they bounce back. That’s what we’ll be trying to do.”

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