Manchester United not far behind Chelsea, says Ashley Young

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The winger believes his side are close to being able to challenge Jose Mourinho's side for the Premier League title.

Manchester United winger Ashley Young has told the club’s official website that his side aren’t far behind Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho’s side were far and away the best side in the Premier League this season, having led the way from the start and secured the title with games to spare.

In contrast, Manchester United’s season looked destined to be another disappointing one following a slow start, but a strong conclusion saw them finish fourth in the table and qualify for the Champions League, which was ultimately their target at the beginning of the campaign.

Young, believes his side aren’t too far away from Mourinho’s champions but insists that they are focusing on their targets for next season, rather than focusing on the Blues.

“I don’t think we’re far behind Chelsea at all,” he said.

“Chelsea have won the title this season and they’ve had a fantastic season – they had every right to win a league with the start they had. But the players are not talking about Chelsea, we’re talking about ourselves, the season we had and the season we’re going to have next season as well.”

United are expected to strengthen heavily in the summer, with highly-rated Dutch youngster Memphis Depay having already been secured from Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven.

Their form this season has also led to some suggesting that United could be title challengers next season under Van Gaal with the right recruits brought in, and Young says the side are looking to build upon the successes of this season in order to bring the title back to Old Trafford.

“Firstly, next season brings back Champions League football, that’s what the manager, players and staff wanted to bring back,” he added.

“It gives us the opportunity to build upon what we’ve shown this season, hopefully win titles and go and win cups, and we’ve said that next season, like I said before, we’re not far off Chelsea this season, so we want to go out and bring a title back here.”

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