Manchester United morning news: Powell’s Europa double; Giggs blames players for poor start

A select round-up of news relating to Manchester United, including Nick Powell’s European joy and Ryan Giggs on who to blame for poor start.

Manchester United’s early-season form has rarely hit the heights expected of them, but while David Moyes has taken the majority of the criticism, Ryan Giggs believes this is wrong.

Speaking to the Guardian, the Welshman said, “We are not playing well as a team. We haven’t got injury problems as we have had in the past. That is no excuse.

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

Giggs also had something to say to those who feel Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure has hit the team hard on the pitch as well as off it.

Sir Alex was a great manager and a great influence on the team and the club,” Giggs said. “You are going to miss someone like that. But I don’t think that is an excuse when individuals are not playing as well as they can.”

In other news, Nick Powell scored a brace in Wigan Athletic’s Europa League win against Maribor last night.

The on-loan midfielder was played up front for the Latics and duly delivered, scoring the first and last goals in a 3-1 win.

Some questioned why Powell has not been given more first-team opportunities at Old Trafford given his eye for goal. And as he continues his recent scoring form for Owen Coyle’s side, it seems only a matter of time before he is doing the same in a United shirt.

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