Red Devils manager rejects notion that Monday's derby is a showdown of riches and passion, insisting that his side are trying to build something through youth development
United let a two-goal lead slip to draw with Everton on Sunday just a week after suffering a shock defeat to Wigan, meaning that their cushion at the top has shrunk from eight points to just three.
The Red Devils now face City on Monday in a match which will go a long way in deciding the destination of the Premier League title - but, whilst the game is being billed as a battle of passion and riches, Ferguson insists he sees the rivalry differently.
“That’s not really accurate,” he told RMC Sport. “I don’t agree with that.
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“The difference is perhaps that we’re trying to build with youth.”
Ferguson’s claims are somewhat backed up, with Danny Welbeck and to a lesser extent, Tom Cleverley, playing roles in the United first team this season.
They also brought in Under-21 stars Phil Jones and David de Gea last summer, although both arrived for considerable transfer fees.
Should United win on Monday, they will only need a point from their two remaining games to retain their Premier League title.
A draw would also suit the champions but a City win would place them as the favourites.