United can cope with injuries - Ferguson

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Sir Alex Ferguson insists he has the numbers to cope ahead of the first Manchester derby of the season.

The Manchester United boss has confirmed Anderson, Nani and Antonio Valencia will miss the Etihad Stadium encounter, while he believes the match will come too soon for Shinji Kagawa and Nemanja Vidic is unwilling to risk another setback after spending virtually 12 months on the sidelines with major knee problems.

Yet Ferguson does not view the absences as a handicap, more of a predictable inconvenience ahead of a big game. "I know we have some injury problems but we are not short of a squad," Ferguson told MUTV.

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