He also revealed that captain Nemanja Vidic was "around two weeks" away from making a comeback from his calf injury, but that he had faith in his squad's ability to compete on several fronts, despite the inevitable injury setbacks.
"The season really starts when the Champions League comes around," said Ferguson. "You have games on Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday, Wednesday all the time.
"We're coming to a period where we have a game tomorrow [Wednesday] and then Chelsea on Sunday, then Leeds [in the Carling Cup] on the Tuesday and then Stoke away on the Saturday.
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