The Old Trafford tactician also insisted his side must survive the ‘massive’ game at Tottenham Hotspur this Sunday if they are to be close to the Citizens come the derby on April 30.
The Red Devils will be looking for revenge for the 6-1 thrashing they were handed by Roberto Mancini’s side in October last year and Ferguson believes his side will have a great chance of winning the title if they come through the Spurs game unscathed.
“It’s going to be a massive game; if we can survive that one, then we’ll have a big, big chance of winning the league,” he told manutd.com when asked about the trip to White Hart Lane.
“Yes, I would take it [being two points behind going into the Etihad Stadium fixture]. I would rather go there on level points. But if we could go there within striking distance of being top of the league, I’d take it.”
United currently trail City by two points at the top of the Premier League and will be hoping Harry Redknapp’s side can prove to be a serious obstacle to Ferguson’s side.
City have what should be a straightforward tie at home to second from bottom Bolton Wanderers and will be keen to put pressure on United by stretching their lead to five points before the Tottenham game a day later.
However, Ferguson has faith in his side’s ability and also feels that an easing of their injury woes will improve their chances of retaining their title come the end of the season.
“I should have more players available than I’ve had in the last few weeks because we’ve had a terrible spell of injuries,” he added.