Ferguson was left to reflect on what might have been following defeat to bitter rival Liverpool in the fourth round of the FA Cup despite his side seemingly in control of things in the final stages of the contest.
A late Dirk Kuyt goal knocked the stuffing out of the Red Devils as they lost 2-1 at Anfield instead but the loss has only provided extra motivation for Ferguson as he looks to guide United to an unprecedented league title haul which would further cement the club's place as the top dog in English football.
United currently sit second in the table - three points behind first placed Manchester City - and their title bid appeared to come unstuck in the last month when they were hit by a serious injury crisis to their midfield department.
The recent return of Paul Scholes from retirement appears to have eased the club's problems in this area for now but it seems the impending restoration of Tom Cleverley to the United line-up will play a bigger part to Ferguson's title hopes.
Cleverley impressed at the start of the season but hasn't featured in the team since 29 October at Goodison Park where he got injured. However, the club have confirmed that the 22-year-old is making good progress in his bid to recover from ankle ligament damage.
"Cleverley is doing a lot of running," Ferguson told the club's website.
"He's nowhere near the first-team at the moment but he's doing a lot of running. He'll be a terrific boost. It will be great to get the boy back because I think he's special."
United is also set to be boosted by the return of Ashley Young and Anderson from the sidelines with both players expected to train with the first-team this week.
"I expect [Ashley] to start training in the middle of the week, so he's on his way back. Cleverley is two weeks behind that. Anderson will be ready this week, too. He'll start training with us on Monday or Tuesday and then it gives me a collection of midfield players that should cope with anything that happens in the run-in.
"Michael Carrick's form has been unbelievable - he's been playing fantastic - and we'll also have Giggs, Scholes, Cleverley and Anderson, so that's a great group of midfield players that will definitely help us."
Meanwhile, Manchester United have agreed to send a team to play against an Irish League XI for Harry Gregg's testimonial in May.
Gregg survived the Munich Air Disaster in 1958 and won widespread praise for his bravery after staying with the burning plane to help passengers to safety.
Now 79, the former Northern Ireland international had a 10-year stint with the Red Devils, making 247 appearances.