|Manchester United manager, Alex Ferguson [Photo:Reuters]|
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says recapturing the Premier League is the "number one priority".
The 70-year-old challenged his side after being pipped by Manchester City on goal difference last term.
Ferguson also revealed Nemanja Vidic and Chris Smalling will return from injury for the start of the season.
He said: "We have to recover, as we've done many times. That's our target this year. Priority number one is to win the title back."
Ferguson has signed midfielders Nick Powell from Crewe Alexandra and Japanese international Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund.
He added: "After the disappointment of last year, we want to recover the title.
"We either win the title or come second, it's an important part of the history of our club over the last 20 years."
Vidic will be back for the start of the season after eight months out with a knee injury, while fellow defender Chris Smalling is expected to have recovered from a groin problem.
But defender Jonny Evans (ankle) will not be ready for the Premier League opener against Everton on 20 August.
"Vidic will start the season, I am sure of that," Ferguson said.
Neither Vidic nor Smalling are on United's pre-season tour of South Africa as they work with specialists at the training ground.
"Nemanja is still at the level of doing good amounts of training, but not in the competitive sense that the others have done so it was pointless bringing him out here," Ferguson added.
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