Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admitted that living in the city has been a “bit of a disaster” as he opened up about frustrations of staying in a hotel and facing the paparazzi.
The former Chelsea coach is facing huge pressure after United slumped to a 4-0 defeat over the weekend against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The huge loss extended United’s poor run to one win in six Premier league matches.
Mourinho’s predicament has been compounded by his off-field arrangements to stay alone at the Lowry Hotel in Salford.
“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,” he told Sky Sports. “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.”
As if having his every move monitored closely by the media is not enough, Mourinho is also missing family life as he continues to search for a suitable apartment while his wife, Tami, and children Matilde and Jose Jr. remain in London.
“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,” Mourinho added.
“So they are in 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 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.”
United have a chance to rebound on Wednesday when they entertain city rivals Manchester City in the EFL Cup.
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Culled from ESPNFC