Marouane Fellaini is confident that Manchester United have the quality to overhaul Chelsea and secure the Premier League title next season.
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While the Red Devils ultimately achieved their minimum goal of returning to the Champions League next season, few can deny that it was a mixed campaign for Louis van Gaal’s side.
The Dutch coach took his time settling on a formation and an approach and deciding on his first-choice team, while a late-season slump threatened to derail United’s hopes of returning to the top four. The club won only one of their final six matches, losing three in a row at the end of April and the beginning of May.
Ultimately, for his considerable transfer spending, van Gaal only managed to give United six more points than they managed during the ill-fated 2013-14 campaign, including David Moyes’s brief tenure as boss.
However, Fellaini is confident that despite the club’s struggles, they can close the gap on champions Chelsea next term.
“Of course we can catch Chelsea,” Fellaini began, speaking to Goal.
“We have the quality, I think we will sign some new players, so why not? We have to.
“We have the quality and we are a big team, so we have to.”
It remains to be seen how the Red Devils will begin to bridge the considerable 17-point gap that existed between themselves and Jose Mourinho’s side come the end of the season.
However, van Gaal has already been busy in the transfer market in order to improve the overall quality of the squad and the first XI.
Memphis Depay has been signed from PSV Eindhoven [via ManUtd.com], while Georginio Wijnaldum, Ilkay Gundogan, Paul Pogba [all the Express] Edinson Cavani [Daily Mail], Raheem Sterling [The Guardian], Gareth Bale and Rafael Varane [both Independent] are just some of the names to have been linked with a move to Old Trafford.
Despite struggling in his first campaign in Manchester, having followed Moyes to Old Trafford in the summer of 2013, Fellaini has come into his own this season.
The Belgium international managed six goals in 27 league outings for the Red Devils last term.