Fred says Manchester United are working hard to improve their home form.

Tomorrow’s trip to face Crystal Palace has brought back memories of September’s 3-1 defeat to the Eagles at Old Trafford.

That loss on the opening weekend of United’s season set the tone for a campaign of patchy home form.

While United have gone unbeaten in 20 away league games, Tottenham, Arsenal, Sheffield United and Palace have taken all three points at Old Trafford.

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“I don’t know. It’s hard to say,” Fred told the club’s website when asked to explain the difference in home and away form. “I think we’re playing very well away from home. We’re very compact and playing well as a team.

“I don’t know what’s happening to the team at home, but we’ve dropped some points that we shouldn’t have dropped.

“We’re working hard on that and we’re looking to give our all mentally so that we can play better at home and not drop any more points.

 

We also really miss our supporters. Having 75,000 or 76,000 fans at Old Trafford was fantastic. We just hope that our fans can be back with us next season.”

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United have also drawn three home league games – to Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton.

That makes it 18 points dropped at home. Even picking up half of those would give United a huge cushion in second and mean they could look up at City rather than down at the chasing pack in the Champions League race.

As Fred said, the lack of fans in the ground likely has made a difference.

But United are still more comfortable when there’s space to break into than when they have to break down a deep-lying opponent.

That’s probably the main reason that the away record is better than the home one – and as Fred says, that’s something United have to work on.

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