Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof admits it is difficult to lay hands on why they have started poorly in the Premier League this season.
Man United suffered an embarrassing 6-1 defeat to Tottenham at Old Trafford in the league before the international break.
Every single Manchester United player, including senior players Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes, has struggled to make an impact in any of United’s opening three league matches.
Lindelof, who lost his starting role to Eric Bailly against Tottenham two weekends ago, suggested a lack of time off before the close of last season and the start of this campaign may be to blame for United’s struggle this season.
The Red Devils were still participating in the Europa League knockout stages while other Premier League teams, excluding Manchester City, were resting ahead of the new season.
The Premier League still handed both Manchester clubs an extra one week to prepare for the new season, which forced United’s clash against Burnley to be postponed, but Lindelof claimed the extra week wasn’t still enough.
“If it’s because we played for a long time in Europe [last season] and didn’t get the time off we usually get, is difficult to answer.
“We probably had one-two weeks together before the league started and we haven’t got to the level we’ve wanted. But I think after this international break, a lot of players are back and ready to perform at the level we can.”
Victor Lindelof put out his worst Man United performance against Crystal Palace in the opening game of the season and his terrible defending against Brighton and Hove Albion forced him out of the starting XI and Eric Bailly would replace him against Spurs.
The Sweden international is out on international duty and has claimed his fitness is getting better and better.
Lindelof added: “Not for me personally. I have been set to play two matches in this selection [for Sweden in October]. The body feels good. It’s getting started now.
“Yesterday it felt very good in the legs anyway. If [Sweden manager] Janne [Andersson] wants me to play, I have absolutely no problem playing another match.”