Belgium international Marouane Fellaini has said he will fight to stay at Manchester United after resisting overtures from Napoli to join them in Serie A this summer.
The £27 million signing has had a mixed start to his Old Trafford career so far, and the expectation was that Louis van Gaal was going to ship the Belgian to Serie A, but Fellaini was then ruled out till September with injury, scuppering any move.
But the 27-year-old has spoken out about his desire to fight his way into the United midfield and become a key player at Old Trafford despite his poor debut campaign.
Fellaini insisted: "I want to fight for my place, the coach (Louis van Gaal) wants to play with the 11 players who make the best team. I want to be part of that.
"He is a good coach. Everywhere he has been, he was successful. We have a lot of team meetings and he analyses much - other teams, our own players at training, a lot."
Despite the several signings that United have made this summer, such as Ander Herrera, Angel Di Maria and Daley Blind, the midfielder, who is just as famous for his hair as his ability, is unfazed by the names he will be competing against to get in the team.
"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," Fellaini said.
"I told him that I wanted to compete with the other players for a place in the starting XI."
Fellaini was brought in on deadline day by former United manager David Moyes from his ex-club Everton, and was pinpointed as one of the scapegoats for the Manchester club's poor season.