Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has identified his famous five.

Ferguson admits he's needed his five leaders as they've kicked clear of title rivals Manchester City.

"You have to protect your team as best you can. I think it's a good, strong squad with good youth and experience in it," he said.

"Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick. Those five do represent a lot of experience and we expect them to be right on top of their job."