| 16°C Dublin

Rio: We'll bounce back

Rio Ferdinand is convinced that Manchester United's vast experience will drag them through their Champions League nightmare.

United flew home this afternoon, still coming to terms with the shattering experience suffered in Switzerland, when a 2-1 defeat to Basle turfed them out at the group stage of European football's most prestigious competition for the first time since 2005.

Ferdinand insists it is a time for cool heads. As one of the survivors from 2005, the England defender knows exactly how much criticism will be unleashed on the Red Devils.

But he retains the utmost faith in the situation being turned around very quickly. "We are definitely good enough to bounce back," he said.

"It is only a couple of weeks ago people were saying we were going to be champions and we were going to do this and that. It doesn't change after one night in Europe.

"We have a lot of players here with valuable experience. That will come into play now. I have no worries or qualms about this weekend coming. We will be up for it."