Ball could hardly do his hopes any harm with a result against a United side who head to Wearside in the midst of their worst start to a league season in 24 years.
But Ball said: "We spoke to [the board] earlier in the week and they said about taking Saturday's game and then we would speak after, and I was quite happy to do that.
"Yes, some people might say 'you're better off getting it sorted out', but ultimately they have got a little window now."
United head north still smarting from their shock loss to West Brom at Old Trafford last week and defender Chris Smalling said: "When there are a few doubts, we need to show we have a bit of character and fight."
Roberto Martinez is undaunted by the prospect of taking Everton to Manchester City as the Toffees seek to extend the top-flight's last unbeaten record.
Martinez, who will be without Gareth Barry due to the terms of his deadline day transfer from City, said: "We want to try to win every game and it will be no different on Saturday.
"Against a top side the expectation from the outside will be different from inside but internally we have exactly the same situation."
City boss Manuel Pellegrini must work to repair his players' confidence after their midweek Champions' League mauling by Bayern Munich.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew could bring Yohan Cabaye and Mike Williamson into his starting line-up for the Magpies' trip to Cardiff after impressing as substitutes in the second half of Sunday's 3-2 loss at Everton.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has hailed the influence of midfielder Jordan Henderson ahead of his side's clash with Crystal Palace at Anfield.
Henderson was offered to Fulham at the end of last season but has improved dramatically and Rodgers said: "Jordan has got better and better. His level tactically is very good and he is one who wants to improve all the time."
Palace have winger Yannick Bolasie back in their squad after sitting out the start of the Eagles' top-flight campaign due to a torn hamstring.
The pressure on Fulham boss Martin Jol will further increase if his side fail to beat Stoke at Craven Cottage, while both Hull and Aston Villa head into their clash at the KC Stadium on the back of two straight wins.
In Sunday action, leaders Arsenal will bank on another brilliant performance from Mesut Ozil as they head to West Brom, who will be looking for another prize scalp after last week's famous win at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile north London rivals Tottenham will hope there are no ill effects from their long midweek trip to Russia as they prepare to take on struggling West Ham at White Hart Lane.
Chelsea are without suspended striker Fernando Torres for their trip to Norwich, and will miss the striker for three weeks after he limped out of the midweek Champions League win at Steaua Bucharest with a left knee injury.
Also on Sunday, Southampton, starting the weekend in sixth place, seek a third straight league win at home to Swansea.