Monday against Reading offers a chance to clinch a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
And such is the strength of Ferguson's squad, United could field a completely different side to the one that started against Real Madrid.
That fact alone leads the Red Devils chief to conclude he has more options at his disposal that he did 14 years ago.
"We have a stronger squad now," Ferguson said.
"When we went to the (Champions League) final, Keane and Scholes were suspended but Henning Berg was the only injury.
"I still had to pull in a player (Jonathan Greening) who had only played once or twice in the first-team.
"He got a medal for being on the bench. That gives you an idea of the strength of the squad."