Ferguson has opted to take United out of Manchester for the build-up, instead heading to South Wales at a bolt hole near Cardiff to escape the attention.
He knows how many cameras are going to be lurking, trying to get a thought or a prediction about what he has already stated will be the biggest Manchester derby ever.
Those not asked to air their views in public will be doing so in private because there is nothing else on the agenda.
For, as Ferguson acknowledges, the fans feel the tension more than anyone.
"It means everything to a supporter. It is everything," said Ferguson.
"For both sets of supporters, going to work on Tuesday will be the most important day of their lives.
"People have been brought up to be what they are through their fathers and their grandfathers and grandmothers.
"You can't change a family's traits.
"I saw a banner at Ibrox recently that said 'supporting Rangers for 139 years'. That sums it up.
"It is in the blood of the supporters and I know a lot of our supporters who would give everything to win this game on Monday."
The local paper has published a map of the strongholds for both United and City within the Manchester boundaries, which have quickly been disputed.
It is pointless anyway. On streets and even individual houses, there can be red and blue, both of whom have felt the title was won at points this season, and also believing it had been lost.
That is why Ferguson accepts the campaign will be tinged with regret for one as the other celebrates their triumph.
"If one loses they will be reflecting on what might have been," said Ferguson.
"The points total which both teams will probably amass, it is championship form.
"But it will be tinged with regret simply because it is the derby thing.
"You can't get away from it. It is our fans' most bitter rivals.
"For me it is just another league game. For the supporters it is special."
The real thrill for Ferguson comes from knowing Monday is not a one-off.
Over the past three seasons, since Sheikh Mansour's mega millions started to have an effect, Michael Owen has scored his injury-time winner, Wayne Rooney scored in stoppage-time to seal a Carling Cup semi-final, City gained revenge in the FA Cup, Rooney scored his magnificent overhead kick, United have won the Community Shield from being two goals down and Roberto Mancini's men won 6-1 at Old Trafford.
And, no matter what the outcome at the Etihad Stadium, there will be another "biggest derby ever" coming up shortly.
"I can believe what has happened," said Ferguson.
"I made up my mind when the money came into the club that City were going to buy the best and the most experienced players.
"That is what they have got.
"We have to get used to this because we are going to be playing them in a lot of big games."
If anything, the contest is more enjoyable due to the attitude of the respective managers.
No quarter will be given once the action starts, with both Ferguson and Roberto Mancini equally desperate to secure the right result for them.
However, there also appears to be a genuine respect.
Ferguson might have labelled Mancini's decision to recall Carlos Tevez desperate, but that was after he had praised the Italian for how he handled the situation previously.
And he is refusing to judge the Italian on the outcome of his next game, insisting the Blues are still advancing.
"Roberto Mancini is second top of the league at the moment with the league decider on Monday," said Ferguson.
"That is great progress. It is a step forward for them. That is the only way you can measure it really isn't it?"