Ferguson also admits his admiration for Saints superkid Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Ferguson said: "Alex Chamberlain is only young but he has potential.
"Southampton have done very well bringing young players through over the years.
"Chamberlain is another one along with Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott.
"Before that they had the Wallace brothers and Alan Shearer.
"They have done a lot right."