Man United’s Wayne Rooney claims home advantage will be ‘big help’
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney says the Red Devils' home advantage could play a key part in the Premier League title race
Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United’s run of home fixtures will prove “a big help” as the Premier League title race reaches its climax.
The Red Devils face Chris Hughton’s Norwich City at Old Trafford this weekend before Real Madrid, Chelsea and Reading all travel to United’s home ground next month.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s league form at the Theatre of Dreams has been excellent this term, with Tottenham Hotspur’s win the only blotch on an otherwise perfect home record.
“The day before away matches, we travel down and stay in a hotel,” Rooney told United’s website.
“We prepare as normal for the game but, with home matches, we go to the hotel on the night before to have our dinner there and then stay over.
“We get up and prepare for the game but it’s not much different in terms of preparation. However, having that home advantage is a great help to us. That’s a real difference.
“When we play away, we finish the game and then are either flying back or getting the train or coach.
“With home matches, we finish the game and I can be back at my house within 40 minutes or something like that. So that’s one big help as well.
“It’s always nice to play at home so to have a few games there back-to-back is good.”