RIO FERDINAND revealed his regret at never winning the FA Cup and admitted: ‘It still grates’.
The Manchester United legend won six Premier League titles, two League Cups and one Champions League during his time at Old Trafford.
Rio Ferdinand revealed his regret at never winning the FA Cup
But he never once lifted the oldest prize in the book, losing in finals against Arsenal in 2005 and Chelsea in 2007.
In the latter loss Didier Drogba’s extra-time winner meant Ferdinand had to settle for a silver medal, and he still struggles with it.
He said on BT Sport during yesterday’s final: “It still grates, definitely. 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.
“But I tell you, I probably spend more time even in retirement thinking about not getting my hands on that trophy.”
Chelsea, eight times FA Cup winners, were beaten in successive finals at Wembley as Youri Tielemans’ stunner saw Leicester win 1-0.
The midfielder arrowed one in from long range to sublimely decide the final, but Ferdinand argued Jorginho’s lack of pace made it too easy.
He said: “This is one area I don’t like in his game is that he can’t get across the ground. He should be the one getting across there [to stop Tielemans].
“He shouldn’t be pointing at a defender to get out [to Tielemans], if Thiago [Silva] goes there he leaves the space and [Jamie] Vardy’s in.”
Chelsea legend Joe Cole, who won two FA Cups, said: “There are holes in this game and that’s one of them.
“He knew he didn’t have the legs to get there, so he’s trying to dictate to people around him.
“There will always be frailties. I’m not worried about in the week when he gave the ball away [for Arsenal’s goal] because that’s very rare, but that happens a lot in his game.
“I think now Thomas Tuchel when he’s thinking about the Champions League final, you can’t leave Phil Foden or Riyad Mahrez in that situation, you’ve got to get out there.
“I don’t want to take anything away from the strike, but from a Chelsea performance and a defensive perspective, if you’re playing that role, first and foremost before anything you do with the ball you’ve got to stop that from happening, and he didn’t do that tonight.
“Tuchel’s got a big decision, not only Tuesday night [against Leicester] but in the Champions League final.
“Jorginho’s a fabulous player on the ball but there are holes in his game.”
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