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Marouane Fellaini names Eden Hazard as Premier League's best player

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Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini believes that Chelsea's march towards the Premier League title is unstoppable, thanks to their star man Eden Hazard.

Fellaini knows all about Hazard's qualities at international level, but clearly feels the brilliant Belgian has taken his game to another level this season.

Hazard was named by the Red Devils giant as England's best player, although there was no room for the diminutive winger in Fellaini's dream five-a-side team.

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Hazard picked out for special praise

In an interview with the Daily Mail there was a short but sweet answer from Fellaini when asked to pick England's top man on form alone this term, replying: "At the moment, Eden Hazard has been the best player in the Premier League. I think Chelsea will win the title."

Fellaini was also asked to pick a famous five players to form the ultimate small-sided team, where there was room for one outstanding Manchester United colleague in David de Gea.

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De Gea over Courtois

Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Angel di Maria all miss out on this particular five-a-side squad, although when you look at the attacking options selected instead its definitely understandable.

Fellaini ran through his choices with the Mail, revealing: 'The keeper? I play with good keepers, it is hard to pick!' said Fellaini, speaking exclusively to Sportsmail as part of the launch for the first New Balance Football advert.

'But the keeper I choose... it has to be (David) De Gea. I need a defender too, so I will choose Sylvain Distin. 'He is my best mate and a great player as well. And then it has to be (Zinedine) Zidane, (Lionel) Messi, (Cristiano) Ronaldo.'

Revival under Van Gaal

Against a backdrop of criticism at Old Trafford there's been a noticeable turnaround for Fellaini at Old Trafford this season, with the much-maligned midfielder becoming a key part of new manager Louis van Gaal's plans.

Fellaini offers unique qualities that no other player in Van Gaal's squad can match, which means the pragmatic Dutchman can definitely find room for the big man in his starting XI on current form.

United fans remain sceptical over Fellaini's long-term worth, but if he helps the Red Devils earn a return to the Champions League then Van Gaal's faith in the £27.5m man will be justified.

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Marouane Fellaini
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