City lead the Red Devils on goal difference ahead of the final round of fixture, with Queens Park Rangers making the daunting trip to the Etihad on Sunday, while United take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Ferguson admitted Roberto Mancini’s side are going to be a force to be reckoned with in the top flight for years to come – but the 70-year-old is already plotting City’s demise.
“Certainly Manchester City are not going away, that’s for sure,” Ferguson told United’s website.
“But the great thing about this club is the in-bred discipline about what’s needed to win the league.
“I think that’s shown itself this season again. 19 points [clear of third-placed Arsenal] is a big margin and it shows United and City are the two best teams this season obviously.
“City are not going to go away, with the money they have got. They will buy more players for sure this year. But they can only buy so many and keep the balance for so long before they disrupt things.
“We’ve got our own ideas about where we’re going in the summer. I think we’ll be ready for the challenge. No matter whether it’s as champions or runners-up, we’ll be ready for it.”
The Red Devils manager, who has led United to 12 Premier League titles, conceded his biggest problem this season has been establishing a consistent back-four, with David De Gea replacing Edwin van der Sar in goal.
“My biggest job this season has been being able to manage the back-four,” he added.
“One of the biggest problems was bringing in a young goalkeeper but it was a risk worth taking.
“But only when Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand started playing regularly did our results become consistent. That’s the story of our season really.”
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