Ferguson satisfied with United's squad depth
Sir Alex Ferguson let the midnight transfer deadline pass without any new arrivals and declared his belief Manchester United's squad can carry them to title glory this season.
Despite intense speculation linking the Red Devils with Owen Hargreaves and Southampton teenager Gareth Bale, neither player arrived at Old Trafford before the window slammed shut, confirming loan signing Henrik Larsson as the only addition to Ferguson's ranks.
The veteran Swede has already made his mark, notching his first Premiership goal for his new club in last night's 4-0 home win over Charlton.
And, while Ferguson has made no secret of his desire to land Hargreaves in particular, there is no acute sense of disappointment at the failure to agree a deal with Bayern Munich.
'We are happy with the squad we have,' he declared.
'We have a terrific bunch of lads. There is a good spirit among them, so we will just get on with it.'
Certainly there was no need for complaint about United's sixth straight Premiership home win, which maintained a six-point lead over Chelsea and took the advantage in the goal difference stakes to 14.
Victory for United was never in serious doubt once Cristiano Ronaldo had rifled them in front from the spot and with Larsson and Wayne Rooney adding to Lloyd Doyley's second-half own goal, the hosts cruised home despite resting Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Edwin van der Sar.
The contribution of Ronaldo in particular had Ferguson buzzing, the Portugal winger looking fresh and ready for action after his recent short break in Dubai.
'Cristiano was fantastic,' said Ferguson.
'He has just had a holiday and it looks like the rest has done him the world of good. That was the idea and it has worked.'
For Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd, whose side remain anchored to the foot of the table, there was no disgrace in defeat, having feared his side might be on the wrong end of the result once United had suffered their injury-time defeat at Arsenal 10 days ago.
'I knew someone was going to pay for that Arsenal result,' he said.
'Getting a result against a team like that at Old Trafford was always going to be incredibly difficult for us.
'Manchester United have a squad full of world class players. They are capable of being the best team in the world.
'I have a feeling they are going to win the championship this season for the simple reason they have not won it for three years.'