Following Manchester City's demise at Everton just before the international break, United require only 13 more points from their remaining nine games to clinch a record 20th championship.
They might not even need that many given City visit Old Trafford on April 8, and the feeling is Ferguson has already set his sights on eclipsing United's record 18-point winning margin from 2000.
It has certainly been the best possible recovery from having the title snatched from their grasp by Sergio Aguero with virtually the last kick of the previous campaign.
And one that Ferguson did not expect.
"With Manchester City coming on the scene in the last couple of years and Chelsea and Arsenal and Tottenham, you have teams vying for that top-four position," Ferguson told Sirius XM.
"I expected it to be really tight.
"The first point was that after last season, we wanted to make sure we didn't lose it on goal difference, and that has improved markedly.
"But I never thought we would be 15 points clear at this stage of the season."
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