Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United have the strength in depth to cope during Antonio Valencia's injury absence.
The Ecuador international winger is set for a month on the sidelines after damaging his hamstring in Thursday's 2-0 Europa League win over Ajax.
The former Wigan Athletic man has been one of the club's stand-out players recently, but lasted just 10 minutes of the victory in Holland after being introduced as a second-half substitute.
Ferdinand has described the 26-year-old's enforced absence as a 'big blow', however, he fully expects his team-mates to perform when called upon by Sir Alex Ferguson.
"It's a really big blow because Antonio's been a fantastic player for us this season," said Ferdinand.
"But when somebody gets injured or loses form at this club the manager can always call upon another player to perform.
"This is the stage of the season where we need players back and a few of the lads got some good minutes under their belts."
United have been boosted by the recent return from injury of Tom Cleverley, a player Ferdinand remains a big fan of.
"Tom's got a lot of energy," he continued. "He is a good passer of the ball and an all-round player.
"He is the sort of guy who's going to be beneficial to the team, so it's good to see him back."