United’s local rivals are level on points with Ferguson’s men at the summit of the Premier League table after seven games – but the Red Devils boss says he was always expecting Roberto Mancini’s men to challenge for the title this season.
“I’ve said all along that would happen,” Ferguson, whose side host City in the league later this month, told Inside United. “They are a good team and they were always going to be there or thereabouts.
“Sergio AgÃ¼ero was bound to do well, coming into the Premier League, because he is such a goal threat around the penalty box. David Silva is also a very good player.
“We just have to make sure we are ready for City when we meet them.”
The 69-year-old manager is also hopeful striker Wayne Rooney will reach 30 goals for United this season.
Rooney has already netted nine league goals in six games this term – and his manager is confident there is more to come from the England international.
“He’s only 25 years of age so you’d think he has at least another five years in him at the very top level,” added Ferguson.
“And, if he looks after himself like Ryan Giggs, he could play well into his 30s. So the opportunity’s there for him and time is on his side.
“He’s raced out of the blocks already this season and I hope he could get up around the 30 mark.”
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