The goals of Pedro, Lionel Messi, and David Villa saw how the winners scored 3-1 at Wembley. So Man United striking through Wayne Rooney United.

Rio reveals his feelings about the loss to Barcelona

Rio Ferdinand admitted that he felt embarrassed after Manchester United lost in the 2011 Champions League final to Barcelona. The goals of Pedro, Lionel Messi, and David Villa saw how the winners scored 3-1 at Wembley. So Man United striking through Wayne Rooney United. Barcelona’s side that season is widely considered one of the best in history. At the peak, perhaps, were the midfielders of trio Sergio Busquets, Xavi, and Andres Iniesta. Ferdinand and United clashed with Barca the last two years ago and lost – and the defender knew everything about Messi after his terrific header in that game. “Messi was a killer,” Ferdinand told reporters. “Ronaldinho was an unreal, strong-willed wizard”. But with Messi, he would have done all this, but in the end, there was always a goal or an assistant.”

They gave us an absolute lesson at Wembley

Rio opened a conversation with United icons Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes after the 2011 show after Barca dominated the game to claim his second European title in three years. “Barca has given us an absolute lesson at Wembley,” Ferdinand added. “I stood there, watching them pick up the trophy, and I, Giggsy and Scholesy, stood with our hands together over our mouths, and I said, I feel embarrassed guys”. Messi took liberties.” Ferguson, who won the Champions League in 1998-99 and 2007-08, there was no doubt which side was superior. “They are the best in Europe, no questions about that,” he said at the time. “In my time as a manager, I would say that they are the best team we have come across, all acknowledge this, and I accept that.

“It’s not easy when you have been beaten so well, to think differently.” But how long does it take, will they be able to replace this team at some point. They, of course, have the right philosophy, but it’s always challenging to find such players like Xavi, Iniesta, and Messi all the time. “The United team at that time was one of the dominant forces in European football. Their third Champions League final in four seasons had been celebrated since 2011. In its current form, this was their last appearance in the final – although Barcelona reached only one for the same period when Juventus beat 3-1 in 2014-15.