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28/02/2013 09:51, Report by A Marshall & E Atyeo

Rooney's home help

Wayne Rooney admits it will be to Manchester United's benefit to have a run of four consecutive home games.

The upcoming agenda includes outings in all three competitions - the Barclays Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup - at Old Trafford and the lack of travelling should provide a boost during a busy spell.

"The day before away matches, we travel down and stay in a hotel," explained Rooney to ManUtd.com at his book signing event in Manchester this week. 

"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."

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