Fellaini: Manchester United will be title challengers next season

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Despite finishing 17 points behind champions Chelsea, Marouane Fellaini believes Manchester United can compete for the Premier League title next season.

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is confident the club can cut the gap between themselves and champions Chelsea and challenge for the Premier League title next season.

The Red Devils squad will be in a better position following 12 months of adjusting to Louis van Gaal's methods after a year in turmoil under Fellaini's former manager at Everton, David Moyes, who is now in charge at La Liga side Real Sociedad.

Dutchman van Gaal guided United back into the Champions League in his first campaign at the helm, but Chelsea finished an alarming 17 points clear of fourth-placed United.

However, Fellaini, who successfully turned his Old Trafford career around this term, thinks the club can last the distance in 2015-16.

Reflecting on the first season under van Gaal, the 27-year-old spoke about the philosophy the Dutchman has brought with him to England.

"Now we know how we work, his philosophy, how we have to play, how we have to think," Fellaini told Perform, as per Four Four Two.

"So that's why we won a lot of games in the last few months.

"Ok, in the last few weeks we lost games but we did very well, just didn't score."

Van Gaal has made an instant impact at United, particularly when it comes to his approach to training sessions.

Fellaini is enjoying the intensity, with all of those in the Red Devils squad aware that they cannot afford to let their standards dip amid fierce competition for starting berths.

"He likes training, he likes games in training, he likes contact, he likes when the players to give everything and after that he's happy," the midfielder added.

"If not he starts to argue with players and shout.

"When you play games you learn and get experience as well. Every day you learn something.

"Every day you have to show yourself to be that best and a club like Manchester United has a lot of players with quality, so it's difficult to pick.

"The manager has to make the choice and it's like that."

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