“No matter the years of experience we have had in terms of winning titles, last year was different,” said Ferguson.
“It was the first time anyone has beaten us on goal difference. It cost us the league and it won’t happen again, trust me on that.”
Although Arsene Wenger eventually drove a hard bargain for Robin van Persie, Ferguson’s delight at signing a player who scored 37 times for Arsenal last season was understandable.
“I thought Arsenal are not going to let him go. When I read he had refused a new contract that is when we acted.
“It has been a long haul and he (Wenger) got a great price – he could win a poker school in Govan. But we are happy the matter is concluded.”
A cynic might suggest Ferguson went for Van Persie because, having celebrated his 70th birthday, the United boss simply does not have the time to wait for a new team to emerge as bona-fide challengers to City.
In Van Persie’s case, the Red Devils are buying the finished article.
“He is what we have needed for the last couple of years,” said Ferguson.
“He has maturity in his game. His authority, timing and understanding of the game is complete.
“I hope we will benefit over the next four years.”