Sport Ferdinand admits 'it still grates' that he never won the FA Cup

22:40  15 may  2021
22:40  15 may  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A Champions League and six Premier League titles weren't enough for Rio Ferdinand, with the Manchester United icon admitting his failure to lift the FA Cup still hurts.

The former centre-back got closest to Cup glory in 2007, enduring the miserable walk past the trophy to claim his runners-up medal at Wembley.

Chelsea'a Didier Drogba muscled away from Ferdinand to dink over Edwin van der Saar in extra-time that day 14 years ago, handing the Blues glory.

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Ferdinand was on BT Sport punditry duty on Saturday with Chelsea in action again, and he wasn't too comfortable sitting across from the FA Cup trophy in the studio - much to the amusement of his colleagues.

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'It still grates, definitely,' the 42-year-old admitted.

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'I'm sitting here looking at it (the trophy) and I want to launch it.

'They were bad moments. I was lucky enough to win quite a lot of stuff in my career.

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'But I tell you, I probably spend more time even in retirement thinking about not getting my hands on that trophy.'

Ferdinand's 12-title career haul under Sir Alex Ferguson doesn't leave much room for disappointment, but United endured barren run in the cup during the Londoner's spell at Old Trafford.

Leicester would've understood Ferdinand's pain, having lost four finals and gone their entire history without winning the competition until they ended their long wait on Saturday.

Youri Tielemans' long-ranged stunner was the difference for Leicester, with Chelsea suffering late heartbreak after seeing an equaliser ruled out for offside by VAR.

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Ferdinand tips Man United midfielder McTominay to emulate Henderson .
Scotland international McTominay has played often for United this season, having been handed 27 starts in all competitions, but faces stern competition at the heart of midfield. Despite the inconsistencies McTominay has been criticised for at points, Ferdinand views the 24-year-old as a promising player and one who can go on to enjoy a similar role to Anfield regular Henderson.

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