A record 20th league success was snatched from United's grasp in the dying seconds of the previous campaign and the boss has stressed it is vital his team recover from the devastating setback.
"It would be special," he replied, when asked at a Durban press conference what winning the championship back would mean. "If you look back over different periods, you see we recover.
"When Arsenal won the title from us in 1998 we went and won the Treble the next year. We accepted that challenge and did something about it. Then Chelsea came along and got off to a flyer in the league for the first two years. We changed our pre-season a little to make sure we got off to quick starts. That allowed us to get the title back.
"That's happened three times in the last 14 or 15 years. Recovery is so important and the same applies this season. There’s not any difference. It will be special but no more special than in previous years.
"We want to recover the title. That's our priority No1 - to win the title back."