Ferguson has enjoyed domestic and European success with the Red Devils for much of his 25 years in charge, and believes wins over Chelsea and Tottenham would maintain his place at the very top.
During his time at Old Trafford he has remoulded his side several times and managed to spurn the title challenges of Arsenal and Chelsea. He is now looking to prevent new challengers Manchester City and Spurs from climbing to the summit of the league.
The Scot told The Sunday Mirror: “Every season it’s the expectations you have to live with. Once you’ve been there, you want to stay there.
“It’s like climbing a mountain. I’ve climbed Ben Donich in Scotland, and when you get up there, it’s so fantastic. The only problem is you’ve got to come down.
“It’s a tribute to us. We won our first Premier League title in the 1992-93 season – 20 years later we’re still in there battling.
“We had 10 years with Arsenal, which were tough, and the games became physical and controversial. Chelsea got off to a good start under Jose Mourinho and we found it difficult to catch them.
“It’s a tough league. You don’t get two teams streets ahead, as you do in other leagues, like Germany, Spain and Portugal.
“We’re finding that this season with City and Spurs. The landscape is changing. But if we can win the games at Chelsea and Spurs, it will give us a good chance.
“We’ve not won a league match at Stamford Bridge for 10 years, but we’ve won the last four games against Chelsea so that helps.”