Jose Mourinho: My life in Manchester is "a disaster"

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Greatness was expected of Jose Mourinho upon his appointment as Manchester United manager.

The Red Devils finally seemed to have found a suitable heir to Sir Alex Ferguson's throne following troubled spells for David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.

And yet, five months into his reign and it's all gone pear-shaped for Mourinho.


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With nine games played of the new Premier League season, United have taken a mere 14 points from a possible 27, representing a very mediocre start.

Mourinho's situation is even worse away from the pitch, though, after the Portuguese described his life in Manchester as a "disaster" in an interview with Sky Sports.

The 53-year-old explained how he's yet to buy a house in the city and is still living in a hotel, where he hints at feeling lonely.

"For me it's a bit of a disaster, because I want sometimes to walk a little bit and I can't," he said. "I just want to cross the bridge and go for a restaurant. I can't, so it is really bad.

"Buy a house? I do not know, I do not know. 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 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."

So disastrous is Mourinho's current living situation that he could only find one positive: being able to order food using his phone.

"But I have my apps and I can ask for food to also be delivered, which I do sometimes," he added. "You know the history of the paparazzi, for the hotel and the brand that sponsors me, the clothes brand, 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."

Mourinho will only hope his United side return to winning ways against rivals Manchester City in the EFL Cup on Wednesday to lift his spirirts.

More specifically, the Portuguese wants his players to respond like men to Sunday's 4-0 defeat at Chelsea and claim a much-needed victory at Old Trafford.

He continued: "We are really, really sad, but again this is not for kids, this is for men and we have to be men and work for the next one.

"I would prefer to play [next] in the Premier League. It's a bad feeling in the Premier League. With the combination of results, the gap to the top is six points.

"We have had a very difficult period of matches. We lost points this week and, even in the match when we played phenomenal against Stoke (a 1-1 draw), we lost points then. Now we need to win matches.

"I am not saying they are easy ones, but we have Burnley, we have Swansea, West Ham, Sunderland, Middlesbrough - matches that we need to win."

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