Jose Mourinho has revealed that living in the city has been “a bit of a disaster” since his move up north to take the Manchester United job earlier this year. He took the Old Trafford mantle in May following Louis van Gaal’s dismissal at the end of last season however the Portuguese has been staying at the Lowry Hotel in the centre of Manchester ever since. The United boss, who is living without his family for the first time after they decided to remain in their family home in Chelsea, insists the paparazzi are always waiting for him outside the hotel, whether he wants to go for a walk or a meal.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s fourth round EFL Cup tie against rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford, he told Sky Sports:
“You know the history of the paparazzi, for the hotel and the brand that sponsors me, the clothes brand, [it] is amazing because they are there every day,”
“Everybody knows the name of the hotel. Everybody knows the last arrivals of that brand. So for them, it is amazing.
“For me it’s a bit of a disaster because I want sometimes to walk a little bit and I can’t. I just want to cross the bridge and go for a restaurant. I can’t, so it is really bad. But I have my apps and I can ask for food to also be delivered.”
On-field matters aren’t much better for Mourinho’s United side who have won just one of their last six league outings, the 4-1 win over reigning champions Leicester City last month and host Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City tonight who have already won at Old Trafford this season.
Mourinho quashed reports in the media that he is looking into buying a “giant house” in Manchester and has hinted that even if he finds a “good apartment” it is unlikely that his family will join him. His two teenage children – Matilde and the aptly named Jose junior – are settled in the capital. His daughter, Matilde is at university while Jose Mourinho Jr. recently signed a two-year scholarship with championship side Fulham.
“Buy a house? I do not know… I do not know,” the 53-year-old added.
“But the reality is that my daughter will be 20 next week. My son will be 17 in a couple of months. They are very stable… university in London, football in London, friends.
“So, they are at an age where they can’t chase me like they did before. So, for the first time, the family lives in a different way. We try to feel it, we try to see the evolution of our feelings and see how we cope with the situation.
“But maybe, if I can get a good apartment… not these giant houses that the press says I’m going to buy. I will never buy that! But if I find a nice apartment with a good connection from the garage to the apartment, maybe I do it – but I can’t cook!”
The Reds will be hoping to get revenge over rivals City tonight before hosting newly promoted Burnley at Old Trafford on Saturday.