"A little bit of both,"

"It's allowed some players to get games. Darren Fletcher got a game with Scotland, Chicharito [Mexico] and Shinji Kagawa [Japan] played too - people who have not featured as much as we would have liked.

"But certainly it's also been a hindrance on the back of a bad performance and bad result against Olympiacos. We wanted to put that right much sooner but the way the league fixtures worked out means we didn't have a game."