Football: Mourinho concedes that life in Manchester 'is a disaster'

Jose Mourinho gestures to supporters after the English Football League Cup fourth round match between Manchester United and Manchester City.
Jose Mourinho gestures to supporters after the English Football League Cup fourth round match between Manchester United and Manchester City. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON • Jose Mourinho's woes are not just on the pitch.

The Manchester United manager is unhappy about his living arrangements and being separated from his family.

The 53-year-old - who is in need of a good result this morning (Singapore time) in the League Cup clash with city rivals Manchester City after the 4-0 hammering by Chelsea on Sunday - has yet to find a flat and is living on his own in a luxury hotel. However, that presents its own problems for the Portuguese as he says he is under siege from the paparazzi.

"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," Mourinho told Sky Sports. "For me it is a disaster because I want sometimes to walk a little bit and I can't.

"I just want to cross the bridge and go to 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."

Mourinho, whose troubles off the pitch increased with the loss of Ivory Coast central defender Eric Bailly for two months with a knee ligament injury suffered on Sunday, admits the problem of being separated from his family is less easy to remedy. His wife Tami and two children are staying in London.

"The reality is that my daughter (Matilde) will be 20 next week, my son (Jose Jr) will be 17 in a couple of months," he said. "They are very stable. University in London. Football in London. Friends.

"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 see the evolution of our feelings and see how we cope with the situation."

Mourinho, whose odds of not being United manager by season's end were cut to 11/4, said finding a flat could ease the familial situation as there would be somewhere for them to stay.

However, the restaurants benefiting from his use of their apps need not be worried as Mourinho admitted to a rare failing.

"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."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 27, 2016, with the headline 'Mourinho concedes that life in Manchester 'is a disaster''. Print Edition | Subscribe