Fergie believes his team are now poised to wrest the title back from Manchester City.
Speaking before the match to the Abu Dhabi Sports channel, he said: “I hope so. We have the players, we are getting players back from injury — defenders — and that can only help us.
“We have had a horrendous spell in the last two or three years with defenders injured.
“Nemanja Vidic is back and you could say he has been out for a year and three months. He played a few games only.
“He is our captain, a real warrior and leader — and that can only help us.”