United head to Reading having maintained their place at the top of the Barclays Premier League thanks to their 1-0 win over West Ham on Wednesday.
It was not pretty though as once Robin van Persie had scored the fastest goal of the season after just 33 seconds, United laboured their way to victory, enduring a few nervy moments before claiming the points.
However, with the final match of their Champions League group phase looming, followed by the crucial trip to Manchester City and then the packed festive programme, Ferguson accepts it is purely about picking up points just now.
"It is the time of the year when you grind results out," he said.
"The internationals are out of the way and we play our last group game in the Champions League next Wednesday, which gives us further opportunity to concentrate on the league. It is a big moment for us."