The Red Devils are looking to challenge for the title this season after having ended up sixth in the table in Jose Mourinho’s first campaign in charge last term.
Manchester United have not won the Premier League since their final triumph under Sir Alex Ferguson in the 2012-13 campaign.
Manchester City have started the season very strongly and currently lead the way at the top of the table after nine games of the new campaign.
Manchester United, meanwhile, suffered their first defeat of the season last weekend when they were beaten 2-1 by Huddersfield Town.
That result left Mourinho’s men second in the table and five points behind their bitter local rivals.
And former Manchester United defender Ferdinand believes that it’s the two clubs who are going to have the main impact on the title race.
Speaking to Goal, Ferdinand said: “I think the problem that he [Mourinho] has got is that Manchester City are very talented and strong as well.
“I believe it [the title race] will be a battle of the two Manchester clubs.”
Manchester United are currently preparing to take on Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime.
The Red Devils were 2-0 winners against Swansea City in the League Cup at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night.
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