It’s not been easy for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, with the pressure now mounting following a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of his former employers Chelsea at the weekend, and it could get worse this evening in the EFL Cup.
United host Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the second derby of the season, with a place in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup at stake. Whilst the competition won’t be of significant importance to either boss, ending their respective poor run of forms will be.
For Mourinho though, it may end up being the latest sting in the tail for the self-proclaimed special one, who openly admitted to The Telegraph that living in Manchester as been ‘a bit of a disaster’…
“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. 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.”
Mourinho is searching for his own place to live but has so far been stuck in a well-known Manchester hotel and is missing his family, who remain in London.
With his children reaching the age of independence, Mourinho is approaching a new era in his lifestyle which won’t be comfortable for him- and neither will United’s awful run of form, which has seen them slip to six points behind the Premier League leaders at this early stage of the season.
Mourinho still has the time to turn it around but he’s not helped by ill-showings from new signings Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whilst Henrikh Mkhitaryan continues to be overlooked for a starting spot and Eric Bailly faces a few months on the sidelines through injury.