Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs remains optimistic about the season, particularly as Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville and Anderson are close to a return to action.
Ferdinand played for the reserves on Wednesday night against Oldham Athletic's second string, his first taste of action since suffering a knee ligament injury as England prepared for the World Cup in South Africa.
Anderson also featured against the Latics while Neville is set to make his own United comeback.
Giggs told United's official website:"The squad is looking really strong.
"We've got Rio to come back in, Nev hasn't played yet, and Anderson is back too. So it's looking really good.
"We'll need everyone because it's a long season. The manager realises that."