Ferguson rules out transfer moves

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Sir Alex Ferguson will not go back into the transfer market to solve his defensive injury crisis.

The Manchester United manager will be without an entire back four when his side tackle Tottenham in the FA Cup at Old Trafford and Ferguson has already dismissed the idea of bringing in reinforcements, even on loan, to ease United through their troubles as 12 first-team players are on the treatment table.

"No, I won't be doing that," confirmed the Scot.

Instead, he will rely on youngsters such as Richard Eckersley and Fabio, twin brother of right-back Rafael, one of the men injured, plus central defender James Chester to plug any gaps, with Darren Fletcher tipped to fill the right-back berth on Saturday.

"I do have options," said Ferguson. "Hopefully Neville will be OK, then I can play Fletcher at right-back, so with Nemanja Vidic and John O'Shea we would have an experienced back four.

"Alternatively, if we thought Eckersley or Fabio could be one of the full-backs Fletcher can play in midfield.

"At the moment we have got a lot of injuries that will affect us for the next three matches," said Ferguson.

"However, if we get over the Everton game, hopefully we will be OK."

At least Anderson, who was stretchered off after the final whistle on Tuesday, should only be out for three weeks with ligament damage, with Jonny Evans sidelined for a similar length of time after aggravating an ankle injury as United reached the Carling Cup Final.

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