Just like Cristiano Ronaldo did after Real Madrid’s painful defeat to neighbours Atletico in the Bernabeu last week, Ryan Giggs has sought to absolve his manager for Manchester United’s topsy-turvy form.
CR7 had said that Real’s players were to blame for their defeat and not Carlo Ancelotti.
Similarly, veteran Red Devil Giggs says he and his team-mates have let new United manager David Moyes down with their patchy displays so far this season.
The defending Premier League champions are currently 12th in the Premier League, and defeat to West Brom at home last weekend confirmed that their aura of invincibility has been diluted with the retirement of Alex Ferguson.
But while Giggs freely admits that losing a driving force as powerful as Fergie will naturally lead to some slowing down, he does not think that is an excuse for United’s unusually heavy load of dropped points.
"Sir Alex was a great manager and a great influence on the team and the club. You are going to miss someone like that," Giggs said.
"But I don't think that is an excuse when individuals aren't playing as well as they can. We are not playing well as a team. We haven't got injury problems as we have had in the past. There is no excuse.
"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 round. We know what this club is like, it is ups and downs and we don't get carried away if we are flying and we don't get carried away when we are not playing well. 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."
Despite United’s current predicament, Giggs insists that there is no panic at the Theatre of Dreams.
The wily old pro has seen it all before, and he is confident United will recover from their poor start, to be in amongst the challengers when push comes to shove at the end of the campaign.
"It's not the most difficult season I've had in my career," he said.
"There have been topsy-turvy seasons in the past. I have been in the team for 20-odd years and I have seen more or less everything. You would rather be showing this form at the start of the season than at the end.
"We have just got to hang in there to the turn of the year, as we always say, and then hopefully hit a bit of form like we historically do. We have to take responsibility as players and do that. The results have shown we haven't played as well as we can do. We know the quality in the dressing room. We are the champions, so we showed that quality last year and we have to show it again."