Jose Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho explains why he sets his watch 20 minutes fast

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Things are going well for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, with his side top of the Premier League table after three rounds.

After four years of mediocrity, the Reds have scored ten and are yet to concede a goal at the beginning of the 2017/18 campaign.

It's been rough for Manchester United fans since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 but, attempting not to get carried away, the supporters finally have something to sing about.

David Moyes and Louis van Gaal both struggled in the hot seat but Mourinho appears ready to bring the good times back to Old Trafford.

He won the League Cup and the Europa League in his debut season, thus securing Champions League football for the season ahead.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach gave an exclusive interview with The Times in which he covered a number of interesting topics.

He made his debut as a goalkeeper in last weekend's Game 4 Grenfell held at Loftus Road - but he did not fare so well in the penalty shoot-out.


Mourinho's bizarre time-keeping practice

Mourinho, who has dealt with immense pressure at a variety of elite European clubs, revealed that he will often set his watch 20 minutes fast.

“I like to put pressure on myself," admitted Mourinho. "I like to take the watch and put it forward.


"At the moment it’s 2.30pm. If I have to be some place at 3pm, I tell myself it’s ten to three.

“In my job, too, I have done that. I accelerate the timings. I always think that a little bit of pressure is good.”

The man loves the pressure - that's why he probably can't wait for the knock-out rounds of Europe's elite competition.


United's Champions League group

Manchester United were drawn alongside Benfica, Basel and CSKA Moscow in their Champions League group.

They host Basel at Old Trafford on Tuesday night but will be without both Phil Jones and Eric Bailly, who are both suspended.

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Mourinho's side are huge favourites to win a group which lacks any of Europe's top clubs.

“I think it’s a dangerous group," said Mourinho.

“If you go to the recent history of United, United lost against Basel, United couldn’t beat Benfica in two matches, I think also against CSKA Moscow the last time was 0-0 or 1-0 or something.

“I know the three places, I never played against Benfica in the Champions League but of course, I know the dimension and the quality.

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“I played a few times against CSKA, I played against Basel too, I know the places. It’s not going to be easy.”

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