Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits the African Nations Cup has granted them a favour in the Premiership title race.

He said: "At the start of the season I wouldn't have said we had the strongest squad.

"We hope Chelsea and Arsenal losing players to the African Nations Cup will work in our favour.

"What we tried to do in the summer was make sure we had a squad capable of withstanding everything. I think our squad is strong, I'm happy with it."