Jose Mourinho admits he was happier in hotel as Manchester United boss than living home alone

Can’t clean, can’t iron, can’t cook! Jose Mourinho insists he was happier in a hotel as Manchester United boss than living home alone ahead of reunion with former club at Old Trafford

  • Jose Mourinho spent entire tenure as Manchester United boss at Lowry Hotel
  • The Portuguese revealed he struggled cooking and cleaning so lived in the hotel
  • Mourinho’s family remained in London while he managed the Old Trafford club 
  • Now Tottenham boss, he insisted he looked back with fondness before reunion 

If you’re looking for someone to win you trophies, then Jose Mourinho‘s your man. But if you’re looking for someone to whip up an omelette, look elsewhere.

Holding court at Tuesday’s media briefing at Tottenham‘s Enfield training centre, Mourinho mulled over his time in Manchester ahead of his first return to Old Trafford tonight — and more pertinently why he spent the duration of his stay lodged in the Lowry Hotel.

It was suggested to Mourinho, whose family remained in London, that his decision not to lay down any roots may have indicated he wasn’t particularly happy in Manchester.

Jose Mourinho spent his entire tenure as Manchester United boss staying at the Lowry Hotel

But it turns out it was entirely necessary. ‘Is it strange (that I stayed in a hotel)?’ he asked. ‘You know how I would be unhappy? I would be unhappy if I was in a house on my own.

‘I would have to clean, I don’t want to. I would have to iron, I don’t know how to. I have to cook, I would cook fried eggs and sausages — that’s the only thing I can do.

‘I would be very unhappy. I lived in an amazing apartment, it was not a room. It was mine all the time. It was not like after one week I had to leave.

‘No, it was mine. I left everything there, I had my television, my books, my computer. It was a flat, but with, “Bring me a coffee latte, please,” or, “I don’t want to go down for dinner, bring my dinner up”. I had everything. If I was in an apartment alone it would be more difficult. I was fine, more than fine.’

Indeed, Mourinho, despite his sacking last year, reflects on his time in Manchester with much fondness. Two framed photographs of his time at United take pride of place in his new office. 

The Portuguese insisted that he reflected fondly upon his time as boss at Old Trafford

The Portuguese insisted that he reflected fondly upon his time as boss at Old Trafford

‘One is with the Europa League and my son in Stockholm and one with the Carabao Cup when you get the cup at the top of Wembley,’ he revealed.

And Spurs have inherited a ‘better’ manager thanks to his time at United. ‘It was good because I managed to win something, some nice things and do some nice things. On the opposite side, I learned and I think I’m a better coach now.

‘With me it’s about the fans but also about the people that I worked with. The fact I can get on my phone and speak with (United director) Richard Arnold, the fact Ed Woodward can call me to wish me good luck. The fact the kitchen man, chef, calls me to ask me how I am. This kind of thing, I had it at every club and that for me is the best thing.’

 


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