Sir Alex Ferguson admits he already considers Carlos Tevez to be a Manchester United player.
The Premier League champions are waiting to conclude a deal to sign the Argentine striker from West Ham United.
Fifa has recommended the Court of Arbitration for Sport rule on the matter, while Tevez’s agent Kia Joorabchian has issued a High Court writ against The Hammers.
Ferguson concedes there is no ‘going back’ for his club and expects Tevez to finish up at Old Trafford.
“We’ve done all the work, (United lawyer) Maurice Watkins has been working overtime on it for the last two months now,” Ferguson told Sky Sports News.
“We’ve gone so far it’s pointless thinking of going back now, we’re where we want to be.
“We feel he’s our player, and we hope that’s the case and it’s going to be proven in the next few days.”
The United manager also revealed that he has been encouraged by the fact that Joorabchian has taken the matter to the High Court.
He added: “I feel more confident about getting him now because the agent is confident enough to take it to the High Court.
“You can be embarrassed there if it is not right and lose everything. He must be very confident regarding the situation with West Ham.
“I would imagine it will be done before the deadline, and we will wait for him anyway if we have to.
“Last summer we didn’t go for him because we weren’t sure of the arrangement.”