Tom Cleverley made his comeback from injury and captain Nemanja Vidic also returned, while several of Ferguson's fringe men put their hands up for a starting spot in Saturday's Barclays Premier League game at Everton.
He said: "They'll always give me nudges. It's difficult picking a team when you've got so many good players.
"We have a fantastic squad. That's why I had to play these players tonight. They need the games, they've not had many first-team games to be honest with you because the consistency of the team has been very good - we've not needed to make any changes.
"But there's Michael Owen - every time he plays, he scores. It's a fantastic record he's got.
"He's a fantastic professional. Dimitar Berbatov had a fantastic game tonight and scored a tremendous goal from great football.
"So they've all done well, Valencia, Thomas Cleverley back is a good thing for us because the boy's an outstanding footballer.
"Vida's got another 90 behind him. I think he needed it. Until he got his breathing going, he was feeling it."