'Clubs don't like to come to Old Trafford' - Blind believes Man Utd have fear factor back

The Red Devils defender admits belief is building within Jose Mourinho's squad, with their home ground starting to feel like a fortress again

Daley Blind believes “clubs don’t like to come to Old Trafford”, with Manchester United enjoying a fine run of form that has seen them collect six successive Premier League wins.

In all competitions, the Red Devils have gone 13 games unbeaten, while their last defeat in top-flight competition came back in October at the hands of table-topping Chelsea.

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They have suffered only one reversal all season on home soil, with derby rivals Manchester City claiming a narrow 2-1 victory in September.

There was a period when positive results proved hard to come by, with Stoke City, Burnley, Arsenal and West Ham all leaving Old Trafford with a share of the spoils.

Jose Mourinho’s men have got back on track, though, and ahead of a FA Cup meeting with Reading on Saturday, Blind believes the Theatre of Dreams has got its aura back.

He told MUTV: "When you’re in a phase of winning games, as we are now, the positive feeling gets better and better.

"I think we’re in great form now, and we have to keep that spirit going. It's a good feeling.

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"It can be difficult against lower-league opposition. You cannot underestimate them as they always have players who can make a difference.

"But we're at home and clubs don’t like to come to Old Trafford. We have to keep it that way.

“We have to believe in ourselves and bring our best level to every game – that’s the only way you can win.”

United are benefiting at present from being able to name a settled side, while important strength in depth allows Mourinho to rotate when required.

He may need to shuffle his pack over the coming weeks, with United due to take in FA Cup, EFL Cup and Premier League fixtures in their next three outings, while Europa League competition returns in February at the last-32 stage.

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Netherlands international Blind added: "It's a very important period.

"We have a very fit squad and I think we need everyone because we have a lot of games.

"I think that [competition for places] makes the team better and better. Everyone wants to fight for his place and when the competition is high, you have to perform and you lift each other’s performances."