Manchester United’s dismal home record in the Premier League has nothing to do with a mental block or the absence of fans, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said, as the side prepares to renew its rivalry with Leeds United on Sunday.

Solskjaer’s United has won just one of its six home league games this season, with Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal all coming away from Old Trafford with victories.

“I don’t think it’s a mental issue,” Solskjaer told a news conference after the team’s 3-2 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Thursday.

“There can’t be no fans here [at Bramall Lane] and no fans there, so they should be used to the pitch as well, in the circumstances surrounding it and the environment.”

United’s woeful home run stands in stark contrast to its away record, with Thursday’s win its sixth straight on the road in the competition this season.

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