Victor Lindelof says it's difficult to put a finger on why Manchester United have started the season so poorly.
But the Swede has suggested a lack of time off before the close of last season and the start of this campaign may be to blame.
United were playing in the semi-final of the Europa League while the majority of the Premier League were resting before the new season.
The Red Devils – and Manchester City – were given an extended period of time off as a result, and didn't play on the opening week. But Lindelof has suggested this still wasn't enough, and might be the reason for United's struggles.
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"It hasn't been the best start for us in the league, I don't know what it's all about," he told Aftonbladet. "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."
Lindelof is among a group of United stars who has started the season particularly poorly, and there are claims the centre-back is "worn out".
But Lindelof has played this down, saying he's more than capable playing for both his club and his country on a regular basis.
"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."
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