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Fellaini: I will fight for my United place

ESPN staff
September 11, 2014
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Marouane Fellaini has insisted he is ready to "fight for his place" in Manchester United's starting XI after he was informed by new manager Louis van Gaal that he has a future with the club.

Fellaini has endured a difficult year at United since he was brought in by former manager David Moyes in a £27.5 million deal from Everton last summer. After Moyes' departure in April, injuries and poor form cast doubt over Fellaini's chances of being part of Van Gaal's new era at the former champions.

But despite interest from the likes of Napoli this summer, Fellaini is not thought to have been on the list of players Van Gaal saw as priorities to sell before the transfer window closed on September 1.

With Fellaini's career at United assured at least until January, the midfielder said he was determined to force his way into Van Gaal's first-choice side.

"I want to fight for my place," Fellaini said. "The coach wants to play with the 11 players who make the best team. I want to be part of that.

"I've had a meeting with the coach before the start of the season where he told me that there is a lot of competition in midfield. I told him that I wanted to compete with the other players for a place in the starting XI.

"Louis van Gaal is a good coach. We have a lot of team meetings and he analyses much - other teams, our own players at training, a lot. Everywhere he has been, he was successful."

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