James Milner hopes to help Manchester City move on from their failed title bid by securing the FA Cup trophy.
Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Monday ended City’s hopes of successfully defending their league crown.
Milner admits his side is bitterly disappointed to have failed to defend the Premier League title but hopes to end the season with silverware by securing the FA Cup title.
City will take on Wigan in the final next month and Milner is desperate to add the FA Cup to the Etihad Stadium trophy cabinet.
“It hurts,” Milner told Sky Sports News. “Well done to Manchester United, they’re obviously a strong team and the league doesn’t lie, so they deserve the league.
“We’re massively disappointed, but it fuels the fire for next season and we’re desperate to go again next season to try and win it back.
“Hopefully we can finish this season with silverware.”
The England international feels City must take inspiration from United’s efforts this season in the 2013/14 campaign.
Milner believes United have used the disappointment of missing out on the Premier League title last season as motivation this term, and he feels City must do the same next year as they bid to wrestle the title back.
He added: “We’ve seen how hard it is to retain the title and how much they (United) used that disappointment from last season to drive them on this year.
“They’ve been very good in the league, very solid and seem to grind out results every week. They’ve deserved it and we have to look at where we’ve gone wrong and try to put that right.”