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Like Dorothy, there’s no place like home: Wayne Rooney hails Old Trafford role for Manchester United

By Chris Bailey

There’s no place like home for Wayne Rooney as the Manchester United striker looked towards four back-to-back games at Old Trafford.

After facing Norwich City on Saturday, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Premier League strugglers Reading are the next challengers at the Theatre of Dreams.

The squad stay over at a hotel before each game – home and away – but Rooney admits playing in front of a 76,000-strong support gives the Red Devils an edge.

“We get up and prepare for the game, but it’s not much different in terms of preparation,” he told manutd.com.

“However, having that home advantage is a great help to us – that’s a real difference.”

And playing in Manchester gives the 27-year-old an added bonus – being able to put his feet up at home within an hour.

“When we play away, we finish the game and then are either flying back or getting the train or coach,” Rooney added.

“With home matches, once the game finished 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.”

The two-week period may be make-or-break for United, as their fate will be decided in both the Champions League and FA Cup.

Returning to Manchester from the Bernabeu with an away goal does not guarantee an easy ride against Real next Tuesday, with Ronaldo and co fresh off a three-goal triumph over Barcelona.

And current FA Cup holders Chelsea travel from London in ten days’ time to face United in the quarter-finals after seeing off Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium last night.

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