Fergie: Ruud deal close
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Scot revealed the news during a Christmas season call-in show on the club's television station MUtv.
The former Aberdeen and Scotland boss added that he was not fazed by reports that Spanish giants Real Madrid may be interested in teaming the Dutch international up with former United star David Beckham.
"You can't get upset about it (the Real links)," Ferguson told MUtv.
"Ruud's very happy here and we're on the point of signing a new contract with him.
"I've been amazed and impressed in training with his determination to improve every part of his game. He's been phenomenal for us."
Ferguson refused to comment on who he is looking to sign during next month's transfer window but revealed his support for the transfer window system, stating that it needs to given time to work.
"I believe it has been good," he added.
"It's applies in other countries and bringing everyone into line is a good thing.
"In the past, some countries did it and other didn't, so it's good to have everyone under the same rules.
"I know there's criticism of it but it needs to be given a chance to work and I'm happy with it."
Fergie also took time to praise goalkeeper Tim Howard for his stellar start to his United career, admitting that he had some doubts about signing the custodian from Major League Soccer in the summer.
"He's been the star of the show, I think," Fergie said of Howard.
"When you bring a player in from the (United) States, there's always a question mark but he's been fantastic.
"When he played in New York this summer against Juventus, he was fantastic with his quickness, alertness and agility.
"When I decided to play him in the Charity Shield (against Arsenal) - the temperament factor was the one thing I wanted to see from him and he has shown that he can deal with the situation."
The Scottish tactician revealed that he is seeking a new assistant manager following last summer's decision by Carlos Queiroz to become the new Real Madrid manager.
"I'm looking to bring someone in," said Fergie.
"Mike Phelan has done fantastic since coming in but I need someone with experience to work alongside me.
"I had someone in mind but he decided to stay where he is."
Ferguson was also asked about his decision not to retire from football two seasons ago.
He stated that it was his wife and family that ultimately told him to stay on and he revealed that he is close to extending his current contract at Old Trafford.
"I might have made a rash decision a year and a half before and it was my wife who said 'I don't want you around this house' and it was what I wanted to hear," Fergie revealed.
"David Gill (chief executive) and I have had several chats (about a new deal) and we're nearly there now.
"It's important for all at the club that they know I will be there in the future."