Anders Lindegaard insists that the players are to blame for Manchester United's current problems - and not manager David Moyes.

The Red Devils have struggled this season following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson - who announced his decision to retire after 26-and-a-half-years in the Old Trafford hot seat last May.

Under Moyes, the reigning Premier League champions have struggled for consistency so far this term, and currently sit 11 points off league leaders Arsenal in 7th.

United recently lost three games in a row for the first time since 2001, and had they suffered defeat against Swansea in the Premier League last weekend - a game they won 2-0 - it would have been the first time they'd fallen to four straight defeats since 1961.

They face a tough task in securing Champions League qualification with 17 league games to go - and Lindegaard believes the players must take responsibility for their current slump.

"Many players have got alot of responsibility and would need to get a break," the Manchester United goalkeeper told TV3 Sport.

"But that is not possible at a club like Manchester United. Regardless of who is the coach, this tough time would have come in any case."

Despite the problems at Old Trafford this season however, Lindegaard remains convinced they can turn things around.

"I believe that we will get things back on track and United will blossom again," he added.

"I cannot imagine that Manchester United will not be a top club and a top brand in the future."

Next up for Manchester United is a trip to Stamford Bridge on Sunday to take on Chelsea.

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