Marouane Fellaini believes Manchester United can aim at the title this season after going on a six-game winning run that has placed them solidly inside the top four.
Fellaini himself suffered a difficult first season at Old Trafford, not helped by the poor form of the team in general under David Moyes but his form has increased as much as anybody this season.
Since making a half-time substitute appearance against West Brom in October, Fellaini has started every match for the club, scoring the opening goal against Stoke City and putting in several influential performances.
But the 27-year-old accepts last season was not good enough and that the team are determined to put things right under Louis van Gaal.
Speaking to The Times, Fellaini said: “Last season was not good enough for Manchester United.
“We know that and we are working hard to put things right. In some ways it is too early to talk about the title because we are still building and it is only December, but we are winning matches consistently again and when that happens your belief grows.”
Fellaini started several matches under Moyes last season but was regularly the scapegoat, especially after poor performances in heavy home defeats against Manchester City and Arsenal.
But the Belgian insists he wasn’t fazed by the criticism but did find it difficult to accept.
“It was a difficult moment because in all my career I hadn’t experienced anything like it,” he said.
“I played as a professional in Belgium for two years, I played with Everton for five, I have played with the national team for a long time and it was the first time I’d faced a situation like it. I learnt a lot.”
Fellaini will miss his first game in two months against Aston Villa due to illness.