The competitive start to Louis van Gaal's tenure as Old Trafford boss proved disastrous as the Dutchman failed to engineer a win, or even a draw, over Swansea City as United suffered a 2-1 reverse at home in their opening 2014-15 Premier League fixture. This, after having gone the entire pre-season unbeaten against a plethora of elite-level European sides.
Champions Manchester City and big-spending Chelsea arguably possess the richest squads - both in monetary value and in terms of quality, while Arsenal - despite a laborious opening two games domestically and in Europe - are a markedly improved unit than they were last year. Liverpool, too, have added much talent which perhaps offsets the impact of Luis Suarez's sale to Barcelona.
Manchester United's seventh place finish last season punctuated a disappointing campaign and there are still problem areas that must be filled in the transfer window before the market closes within two weeks. Even pundit Stan Collymore questioned the lack of muscle in midfield and defensive positions.
Regardless, Ferdinand is confident when picking his former club.
"Manchester United will win because they have a good manager," he said. "Wayne Rooney is a good choice as captain. This is his 10th year and he will be top scorer in the League this season.
"Obviously they need their best players fit. Last season Robin Van Persie did not play much but he could also be a top scorer."