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Mata: Man Utd won’t fall into the trap of home advantage

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Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata insists they will not be taking their next two home matches against Crystal Palace and BSC Young Boys lightly

The Red Devils will make a welcome return to Old Trafford on Saturday after playing their last three games on the road.

While United did win two of those, which included a memorable one at Juventus, Mata welcomes a return home.

Although the Spaniard is aware that United cannot let their guard down as they continue their pursuit of a top-four Premier League finish and a place in the last-16 of the Champions League.

“I’ve looked back and we haven’t played at Old Trafford since October 28th, which was more than three weeks ago,” Mata wrote on his blog.

“After such a long time, we are heading towards two consecutive home matches.

“We aren’t going to fall into the trap of thinking that these are games that are easier than others.

“We are going to play knowing the importance of them, motivated to keep moving forward and to go into December in good spirits.”

Like United legend Wayne Rooney, Mata is aware that the upcoming fixtures for United could have a decisive effect on their campaign.

United will face Palace, Southampton, Arsenal, Fulham, Liverpool, Cardiff, Huddersfield and Bournemouth over the next month.

“In the last month of the year we have plenty of fixtures and it’s key to get to this part of the season in good form to ensure you have a more successful campaign,” added Mata.