The Brazilian full-back feels United are improving under Louis van Gaal.
Manchester United right-back Rafeal believes his side can compete with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City for the Premier League title, the Daily Star reports.
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After just seven games, United are already eight points behind league leaders Chelsea but despite this, the 24-year-old still believes the 2 time league champions can compete with the Blues due to the gradual improvements that Louis van Gaal is making to his side.
“In my opinion, something changed. We have new players in the squad. Manchester United signed a lot of players and we have a new manager as well,” the full-back said.
“Season after season, things change and for us especially this year. All the coaching staff is new, and we have new team colleagues.
“Van Gaal always relies on his philosophy and now we are starting to understand this.”
The Brazilian also said that he is happy to be working alongside the Dutch coach because he sees similarities between him and former United boss Sir Alex Fergsuon.
“I worked with Sir Alex Ferguson and other managers. Van Gaal is a strong coach who admires the right things. He asks for everyone to be on time for the activities; we can’t be late.
United have a tough few weeks ahead of them. After they take on West Bromwich Albion this weekend, they then have games against both Chelsea and Manchester City.
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