Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted Manchester United's Champions League exit at the hands of Bayern Munich is his biggest regret of the season.
An away-goals defeat in their quarter-final meeting with the German side last month was a bitter pill for Ferguson to swallow.
After losing the first leg 2-1 in Germany, United led 3-0 in the return at at Old Trafford before two second-half goals sent Bayern through to the last four following a dramatic turnaround in fortunes.
The Red Devils also look set to lose their Premier League crown to Chelsea as they trail the league leaders by one point heading into the final weekend of the season, but it is the European disappointment which stands out most in Ferguson's mind.
"The biggest disappointment (of the season) is the European Cup. It's an absolute travesty we're not in the final," said Ferguson, whose side went on to lose 2-1 to Chelsea in a potential Premier League title decider between the two legs.
"We were the best team (against Bayern) and unfortunately we took the disappointment into the first half against Chelsea. It was a bad week for us and it might have cost us everything.
"We had a good opportunity to win the Champions League and as I say we should be in the final against Inter. It would have been a very difficult game for us because they've improved tremendously.
"We were comfortable in our victory against them last season, but they've brought some top players in and there's been a great improvement, as you saw against Barcelona and Chelsea.
"I would have relished being in the final in Madrid."