The England strikers comments came just two days ahead of the clash between the two side's at Old Trafford on Saturday.
"Hate is an easy word to say, easier than dislike. Maybe it is not the right word," Fergie has said.
"Wayne has had plenty of stick from Liverpool fans over the years, so it is understandable.
"He supported Everton as a kid and the rivalry between them and Liverpool is pretty ferocious now. Since then he has come to Manchester United and he wants to win.
"It is nothing out of the ordinary, really."