Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson knows he will have to utilise the full depth of his squad as the fixture list picks up over the festive period.

From Sunday, when United go to QPR, the team play five matches in 18 days prior to their high-profile FA Cup third-round encounter at Manchester City. And as Ferguson is without the likes of Nemanja Vidic, Javier Hernandez, Michael Owen, Tom Cleverley, Anderson, Rafael and Fabio there are a number of fringe players who will be utilised.

Ferguson told Inside United: "December is a particularly busy month when we often play eight or nine games. We've got a Boxing Day game, a New Year's Eve game... it's going to be a hectic spell and that's when the squad really kicks in."

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