BPL title loss still hurts
City won the title in dramatic fashion last season, with strikers Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero scoring late in their must-win game against 10-man QPR on the last game of their Premier League campaign to pick up a vital three points which put them on par with United on points, but with a superior goal difference.
At one point of the season, it had looked like United would win the title easily, with the Red Devils leading the table by eight points, but Ferguson's men contrived to throw away their commanding lead at the top, a collapse which the Scottish manager admits still rankles.
"I've still got a wee bit of anger in me, thinking of how we threw the league away last season," Ferguson was quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror.
"It [The final day of the season] was another day in the history of Manchester United.
"That's all it was. It created the drama that only United can produce. My motivation to the players will be that we can't let City beat us twice in a row."
Ferguson, who has managed United for a remarkable 26 years, also expressed his belief that clubs who constantly change managers would only harm themselves in the long run and claimed that a solid foundation is needed for a club to succeed.
"Some English clubs have changed managers so many times that it creates power for the players in the dressing room and that is very dangerous," Ferguson added.
"Football management in the end is all about the players.
"You think you are a better player than they are, and they think they are a better manager than you are.
"The first thought for 99% of newly appointed managers is to make sure they win to survive.
"They bring experienced players in, often from their previous clubs, but I think it is important to build a structure for a football club, not just a football team
"You need a foundation. And there is nothing better than seeing a young player make it to the first team.
"The idea is that the younger players are developing and meeting the standards that the older ones have set before.
"For me the hardest thing is to let go of a player who has been a great guy, but all the evidence is on the football field.
"If you see the change, the deterioration, you have to start asking yourself what it is going to be like two years ahead."
The 70-year-old, who contributed to a Harvard paper on the methods he used to achieve success at United, revealed that the whole experience had taught him a few lessons.
"The part of the discussion from which I learned the most about myself was when they were discussing the balance between 'fear' and 'love' in my approach to managing people," Ferguson mused.
"If you look at my history, there's all this hype about hair dryers and anger and so on, but the students acknowledged another side to it, which is more apt in terms of how I have fostered relations with people and developed the team over the years.
"The reality is not always how the press portray it. I felt the students were quite accurate in terms of how they analysed this aspect, questioning and recognising this important dynamic of management."
United, currently top of the Premier League table, will take on Swansea in their next fixture.