He said regaining the symbol of English football supremacy was "priority number one" after being pipped to the post by neighbours Manchester City last season.
City scored twice in stoppage time to defeat QPR 3-2 at home on the final day of the season and won the title on goal difference from United, who won 1-0 at Sunderland in a match played simultaneously.
"I want to recover the title, after the disappointment of last season," said Ferguson ahead of the first of six pre-season matches here on Wednesday against mid-table South African Premiership outfit AmaZulu.
"We either win the title or come second - it is an important part of the history of our club over the past 20 years," Sport24 quoted him, as saying.
"United have to recover as the club have done so many times in the past. That is our target this year. Priority number one is to win the English Premier League title back," Ferguson said.
With stars like Wayne Rooney resting after Euro 2012 commitments, others like Ryan Giggs competing at the London Olympics and captain Nemanja Vidic among those injured, United have brought a severely depleted squad to South Africa. (ANI )