Ryan Giggs says Manchester United have no excuse for their worst start to a league season in 24 years.

Manchester United go in to the game against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light keen to avoid their third straight Premier League defeat.

Losses to Liverpool, Manchester City and West Brom have seen the reigning champions fall to 12th in the table, eight points off the pace.

Veteran Ryan Giggs has said that it is high-time Manchester United went on a good run after gaining a respectable 1-1 draw away to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

“It hasn’t been a great start to the season but the good thing about that is we have plenty of time to turn it around,” Giggs told the Daily Mirror.

“We know what this club is like, it’s ups and downs. We don’t get carried away if we’re flying and we don’t get carried away when we’re not playing well.

“I can’t put my finger on what has happened. We’ve just not played as well as we can both individually and as a team.

“The results have shown we haven’t played as well as we can do. But we know the quality in the dressing room.

“We’re the champions so we showed that quality last year and we have to show it again."

The bad results coincide with the arrival of David Moyes after long standing manager Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement at the end of last season.

Old Trafford's new Scotsman has come in for some heavy criticism in the early days of his United career but Giggs says the departure of Ferguson is no excuse for their poor form.

“Sir Alex was a great manager and a great influence on the team and the club. You’re going to miss someone like that. But I don’t think that’s an excuse when individuals aren’t playing as well as they can.

“We’re not playing well as a team. We haven’t got injury problems as we have had in the past. So there’s no excuse.

“There are 20-odd players there and there are places to be had. If you do well you stay in the team and hopefully we can do that.

“Against West Brom we probably weren’t hard to beat like we were in Donetsk. We needed to sort that out and I felt we did.

“It was a tough start for us because we played against all the top teams but that is no excuse. We just haven’t played as well as we can.”

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